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Andy Warhol at his studio in 1983. Photo: Brownie Harris, Getty Images

About Contemporary Art

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In its most basic sense, the term contemporary art refers to painting, sculpture, photography, and installation art produced relatively recently, from 1960 onwards; cited to have arrived after modernism. Given that we are premising that contemporary art was born in the 20th century you may be surprised to hear that contemporary art has a long history. In order to trace this and understand its evolution, we must look back into the history of art and comment have given to leading artists at that time.
Bulgarian-born artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude stand in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany - Photo by Markus Waechter/AP

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the Art of Wrapping the World Together

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Christo Vladimirov Javacheff was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria on June 13, 1935, and died in New York on May 31, 2020. He had a long relationship with Jeanne-Claude who was born in Casablanca, Morocco on June 13, 1935, until his death on November 18, 2009.
Utagawa Toyoharu

The Dichotomy of Eastern and Western Art

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It is in China that many artists feel, the real influence of Oriental art is exerting itself. But it creates an East and West division that is difficult to replicate. And that is most felt when it comes to calligraphy and word representation.
Hong Kong

Searching for Balance In Hong Kong

Many Hong Kong artists are looking to balance both social activism and politics: refusing to make explicitly political art, but striving, however, to create art that says something and is notable in years to come.
Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan – The Champion of The Ordinary

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She is considered to be a process artist who uses various artistic fields for work influenced by, or attempts to develop and go beyond, the aesthetic of minimalism; but goes further on to post-minimalism with the use of simple materials, and goes out of the way to say that the art is totally about the aesthetics and has no other meaning.

Yinka Shonibare the embodiment of irony

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Shonibare, the artist who continuously challenges assumptions and stereotypes, was shortlisted in 2004 for the Turner Prize for his Double Dutch exhibition; at the same time, he was awarded an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).
Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama – The Polka Dot Princess who Propositioned the President

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The story goes that Kusama sewed dollar bills into her kimono and set off across the Pacific determined to conquer New York. New York at that time was an intimidating place, particularly for anyone Japanese.
Callum Innes

How is contemporary art evolving with the pandemic

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This disease impacts different places and different people in different ways. Some key factors in our time are the prolonged confinement and the virtualization of almost all our communications with the outside world.
Peju Alatise - Just-One-Night (photo: afroculture.net)

Trending Contemporary African Artists to Keep an Eye on

The large continent is full of artists, not just El Anatsui, who has been the only artist that Westerners can cite as an African artist for the last 40 years. For years, contemporary African art has been attracting the attention of investors and collectors worldwide and even more in recent years.
Bench “Bikla”, 2003 (source: Univers de Kossi ASSOU)

Kossi Assou, Pioneer of African Design

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Kossi Assou is a pioneer of African design and one of the most influential African artists of his generation. He deeply marked the African contemporary art with his works.