July 23, 2021
Contemporary art's roots run deeper into history than you expect, which slightly contradicts the widespread "art of today" understanding of the genre. Some of the most common contemporary art movements in history include:
Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol are considered the pioneers of pop art. This art movement lasted from the 1950s to the early '70s portraying the mass culture and reimagining commercial products as accessible art.
This art genre started in the late 1960s and early '70s. It encompassed drawing, painting, and other graphic media, in which artists studied photographs and then attempted to reproduce landscapes, portraits and other images.
Conceptualism started as a formal movement in the 1960s when notable conceptual artists like Jenny Holzer didn't buy the idea of art as a commodity. Instead, she chose to give precedence to the concept behind a work of art than the finished art itself.
Minimalism came into being in the 1960s and prioritises simple, abstract art that encourages viewers to respond to only what’s in front of them instead of making associations with outside reality.
Performance art began in the 1960s as a drama-centred approach to art that conveys its message as much as it entertains.
This contemporary art form came into prominence in the 1970s and involved using three-dimensional constructions to alter viewers' perception of space.
The 1960s and 70s saw the rise of earth art, which entailed artists turning natural landscapes into works of art.
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