CONTEMPORARY ART

Dates: 1947-Present

Origin: International

Key Artists: N/A

Term loosely used to denote art of the present day and of the relatively recent past, of an innovatory or avant-garde nature. In relation to contemporary art museums, the date of origin for the term contemporary art varies. The Institute of Contemporary Art in London, founded in 1947, champions art from that year onwards. Whereas The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York chooses the later date of 1977.

“Contemporary art.” Tate.org.uk. Tate.org.uk. 12 March 2010. <http://www.tate.org.uk/collections/glossary/definition.jsp?entryId=583&gt;

Contemporary art can be defined variously as art produced at this present point in time or art produced since World War II. The definition of the word contemporary would support the first view, but museums of contemporary art commonly define their collections as consisting of art produced since World War II.

Wikipedia contributors. “Contemporary art.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 Mar. 2010. Web. 12 Mar. 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_art&gt;

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