Contemporary Art

noun. / kənˈtempəˌrerē ärt /

1). Contemporary art is the art that is being made now, or at least made in the recent past.

Example: “I love Renaissance art but contemporary art is my favorite.”

2). All art was considered “contemporary” at one time and the art that is “contemporary” now will be called something else in the near future.

Example: “Leonardo da Vinci was considered a contemporary artist in his time.”

3). Some art appeals to “contemporary” attitudes or sensibilities and becomes “contemporary” again.

Example: “Christie’s sold Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (c. 1500) in their Post-War & Contemporary Art evening sale alongside works of art by twentieth-century artists and even living artists.


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