Apr 23, 2013 1:00 PM
There are many styles in art, some of which became very popular while others faded into obscurity. In the 19th Century there were styles such as Art Nouveau, 1890-1910, Arts and Crafts Movement, founded in 1860 in addition to the ones already mentioned. In the 20th century we saw cubism, impressionism, art deco and pop art on the long list. In the 21st century we are seeing digital art, computer art, re-modernism, virtual art and graffiti art, which is also sometimes referred to as urban art. Artist still produce art in traditional ways and many work is similar to the styles in history. They might best be described by putting the word contemporary first when describing them: contemporary realism, contemporary abstract, and so on.
What is the difference between Modern & Contemporary Art?
People often get confused as we use the word modern to describe something which is new and exciting. In the art world "Modern" refers specifically to the time period, and "contemporary" is the correct term to use when describing new artworks.
Modern Art is a term used to define Modernism; which included movements such as: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism; Cubism; Expressionism; Dada, Surrealism, and Pop Art, spanning a time from about 1890 to 1960. These movements were all influenced by a variety of factors such as light, color, asian art, and african art. Artists such as Picasso, Munch, Matisse, Renoir, Mondrian, and Kandinsky would be therefore considered "Modernist Masters".
Contemporary Art is generally used to describe recently made artworks in particular, made in the last 10 to 20 years. If you are a contemporary artist, then you are an artist who is creating artworks now, but you may be heavily influenced by the past. Contemporary artworks use a variety of materials and techniques and often use new technologies such as computers.