Painting by Takashi Murakami included in the exhibition “The Octopus Eats It’s Own Leg” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois (Photo source : flickr. Author: Terence Faircloth )


Contemporary painting (3)

Contemporary art refers to all works of art created since 1945 and up to the present day, whatever the style, the medium used and the artistic movement to which they belong.

To distinguish contemporary painting from traditional art, I developed, in my last article, 2 criteria (Free imagination and Technological innovation). I finish the 4 characteristics, with the analysis of the 2 other criteria:

Art brut, art therapy ( Photo source: )

c) The revolution of forms:

To move away very far from classical painting, and especially photography, the artists modify the forms of the elements of their creativity: if the “cubist” artists had already used geometric forms (since the beginning of the 20th century) to attract people and exaggerate feelings; The changes artists made after 2WW affected everything: faces, bodies, objects and nature (They also changed the shapes and sizes of their paintings); Geometric shapes remained popular among painters, but they were no longer the dominant ones. With this change, the work of contemporary painting has approached other forms of artistic creativity, such as drawing, comics, sculpture, calligraphy, tattoos, illustrations and childish painting ….. Some artists have pushed the changes to the extreme, To the point of inventing the style “Art brut”, which shocked the art market.

“Close the Light, We’re eating Pasta” (2019) by Daria Shcherba (Thanks Daria)

d) The colors present the emotions:

The use of color is the main finishing touch in contemporary painting. The artists express more and more their sensatients, their feelings, their emotions, their hatreds and their joys … through the play of colors which transfer personal messages, from the creative spirit, to the receivers, spectators of art. The artist is free to choose the colors he wishes to use, as long as they are in perfect harmony, without the need to adhere to the realism and rationality of the colors and without any commitment to classic color standards. or academic visual expressions. The contemporary artist has acquired his personal vision of things, phenomena and feelings, and he seeks to impose his glasses on the viewer to see the world through them.

Graffiti, in Vauxhall, London (Photo source: flickr. Author: duncan c )

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