The State of Art History: Contemporary Art

Smith, Terry
December 2010
Art Bulletin;Dec2010, Vol. 92 Issue 4, p366
Academic Journal
An article discussing the popularization and mainstream usage of the term "contemporary art" is presented. The author examines the history of the classification of art as "contemporary," tracing the progression from usage within the art community to institutions such as private art galleries and finally in the names of public art museums. Explaining the etymology of the word "contemporary," the author addresses the effect the mainstream popularization of the term "contemporary art" has had on artists and the art world. Quotations from several modern art scholars including Arthur Danto, Hans Belting, and Kirk Varnedoe are also included.


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