Smith Reading

Terry Smith’s paper on contemporary art is an attempt to create an understandable definition of an art genre that has come “after the end of history” to a population turned consumer audience. Words that Smith uses in close association to contemporary art are institutionalized, network, “iconomy”, media, politics, periodlessness ect… Smith discusses worldly currents that that have had a powerful impact on all the images we absorb daily. Contemporary art has emerged via immense globalization, interactive access between societies, and values such as diversity and identity. Contemporary art is difficult to define as much of the work produced does not “look” contemporary or uniform. Another challenge in defining art as contemporary, is that you subsequently have to define the end of modern.

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