Contemporary art is defined as the “art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetime.” However, it should not be confused with its predecessor, modern art. Many authority figures in the arts consider the delineation between contemporary and modern arts to be somewhere in the 1960s and 1970s because it was during this time that the postmodern art began to emerge.
It was also in the 1970s that the ease of classifying artistic movements into categories started to decline. More and more artists branched out into different “movements” that cannot be categorized because there were only about ten artists in any given “movement.”
Many of them also shunned the notion of mainstream art, instead accepting that there is a variety of artistic themes and intentions. It gave rise to the concept of “artistic pluralism.”
Contemporary artists also found themselves inspired by the ever-changing global environment, the diverse culture all around, and the continuous advancement of technology. These have allowed artists during the 1970s until today to become more multifaceted, work in a wide selection of mediums, and express themselves without being bounded by predefined artistic characteristics or styles.
Even the continuous progress of video technology gave birth to the concept of video art. Now, audiences can do more than just view artistic creations – they are now able to experience it.
This is just one example of the beauty of contemporary art, an art form that is continuing to evolve even up to this day.