Intellectual Profile: Cian Delahunty

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.  I am a Studio Art major with a focus on drawing and painting, I also have another major in International Affairs with a focus in economics and the Middle East.

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Terry Smith

The Smith article begins not with an attempt at describing contemporary art itself, but with an explanation of its place and importance within modern culture and society.  It exists within several important economic industries worldwide, such as tourism and education as well as being a industry unto itself with an intended audience both within and outside of highly educated esoteric circles.  Smith describes the immediate roots of the contemporary art period as being the end of the 1970’s and 80’s when an overall (or set of overall) directions for art seemed to dissipate and leave art in the hands of a small elite who seemed to cater only to themselves, inflating art prices and declaring their cultural superiority in doing so.  Contemporary art, smith argues, is the revival of from this when artists appealed both to the masses and elite by appealing to common interests outside the art community while attacking prior convoluted expectations thereby satisfying the art community’s lust for “questioning itself”.

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