Terry Smith paragraphs (JasmineLewis)

What is Contemporary Art?, by Terry Smith seeks to create a dialogue about how to define contemporary art. Smith takes a multifaceted approach to contemporary art, delving into various elements that shape its very nature. Initially taking the concept at face value, contemporary art is considered in relation to the environment in which it manifests. The world has become increasingly globalized and fast past. Information is readily available to the masses and it allows new, emerging ideas to spread quickly and to many areas. This idea of culture and globalization seems to be somewhat central to Smiths discussion of contemporary art, as well as contemporary art’s relation to history.

Terry Smith touches on everything from the concept of post-historical art to the idea of all art being contemporary at its time of creation. Several sections of the reading are devoted to exploring the opinions of “commentators, critics, curators and historians,” which covers a wide rang of thoughts on how to go about defining such art and its history. Overall, what seems to be evident is that the definition of contemporary art is ever changing depending on the individual, the time period, the location and a multitude of other factors. Smith explores the patterns evident in contemporary art and postulates how such cycles of influence might develop and what it could mean for the future of contemporary art. As a whole Terry Smith seems to view contemporary art in relation to the history of art and the global environment of the last thirty years.

I think the contemporary nature comes from the current state of the world and reflects the people and ideas within it. Contemporary art is difficult to define and ever changing and I think it will continue to be this way. This aspect of contemporary art and the discussion it creates seems to be part of why people respond to it. I think it is difficult to define and objectively look at something that is happening right now and it will probably be slightly easier to grasp as a whole when it can be viewed in hindsight.

One Response

  1. Jasmine,

    Please change your username so that I can identify you for grading purposes.


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