Smith Paragraph

Terry Smith’s dense yet revealing article about contemporary art focused on “Contemporary Art” (with a capital C and A) since the 1980’s. Smith points out that the term contemporary art wasn’t really used until the 1990’s. Also Smith points out how the “institutional network” of contemporary art is a global one. Really the label of contemporary isn’t really used to describe art made here and now, but art that could be aged; early in the article he states that contemporary art is “out of time” rather than with time (which is the real definition of art). One of the most interesting things about the article is when Smith describes the Trickster Effect that occurs in contemporary art institutions, and how contemporary art can seem to have a genuine message, but really one that falls within institutions only concerned with making money and gaining a reputation.

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