What does it take to make a great work of contemporary art? This seemingly simple, yet profoundly complex question has been debated throughout the history of art. Who decides what is “good” art and what is “bad” art? In order to answer this question, it is sufficient to define the practices, techniques and styles adopted in creation. All these elements will be developed in this short presentation.
Techniques and practices of contemporary art
Contemporary art uses techniques that most people are not used to. However, these techniques deserve recognition. Creating contemporary paintings with these techniques is an incredible feat. These three techniques detailed below are among the most relevant in contemporary art.
Minimalism: is one of the most popular art movements in painting today. This technique has the particularity of not taking into account unnecessary elements and only keeping the essential. Recovering objects often seen as useless and using them to create new works is one of the most important processes in the making of art. These elements are brought together in art to tell a story or to generate new and diverse perspectives that most art lovers look for in an art exhibition. Found object movement is one of the painting techniques adopted in contemporary art.
Art on a large scale
Creating something huge to express various perspectives of artworks is surprisingly common even today. In the last forty years, large-scale art and art integrating the environment have become one of the most important movements in contemporary art. This is why you often see modern artworks next to buildings or huge structures in the open air.
Contemporary art styles
Unless you are an art expert, it is perfectly understandable that you are not familiar with the ins and outs of different art styles. Here are some of them.
-Abstract: It is often difficult to understand the spirit of abstract paintings. To achieve its effect, artists paint colours, shapes, forms and gestural marks such as a line of acrylic paint or even a seemingly random splash.
– Modern: covers works from the 1860s to the 1970s. This style is characterised by the artist’s intention to depict a subject as it exists in the world, from his or her unique point of view.
– Impressionist: celebrates the use of light and brushstrokes to express the essence of a subject.