When most people think of contemporary art, they immediately picture something abstract and ‘avant-garde’. But the truth is that contemporary art comes in many different forms. There are definitely a lot of abstract pieces of art that fall under the contemporary art category, but people don’t realize that contemporary art is just a name for art created after the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, and some contemporary art museums classify any art that was produced after the second world war as being contemporary.
If ‘modern art’ is not really your thing, and you never really got the point of all the geometric shapes and paint splatters, then you probably didn’t get a good sampling of what contemporary art has to offer. If you were to visit a contemporary art museum, you would find that there are hundreds of different styles of modern art, and while some are more conceptual and appealing to those who can think in abstracts, there are others that are more figurative and this type of art is often more accepted and relatable to the average person’s life.
While there are many forms of contemporary art, it is more enjoyable if you can see them as a whole and not embrace one form as ‘art’ and completely reject the others that are not as appealing to you. Although, at first, some types of art won’t be that interesting to you, you will find that if you try to understand what the artists was trying to get across through the piece you may be able to actually appreciate it for what it is. Most artists are trying to express a certain feeling through their art, and if you can pinpoint the feeling that they are trying to emote, you will have a better understanding of the piece, and of the artist who created it.
There are many places you can go to view and appreciate contemporary art. Most cities have numerous art museums, and some are dedicated solely to displaying contemporary art. There may also be art studios that you can go to, to see samples of your local artists work. Many art studios hold monthly or weekly shows, to help showcase the work of different artists. If you are interested in going to an art show, or purchasing some art for your self, you can check your local listings. There may even be and artists guild that you can get into contact with, which will help you to locate contemporary art in your area.
Although what constitutes contemporary art is quite subjective, most people would agree that it is not really about figuring out whether you like a certain piece of art or not; it is more important to think about why you like or dislike it. Art appreciation is something that is different for every one, and what you hate about a painting or sculpture could be just what someone else absolutely loves about it. Sometimes, understanding more about the artist, or the particular style of art, can completely change you view of the art, and help you to appreciate it, or at least accept it for what it is.