Smith Paragraphs

“What Is Contemporary Art?” by Terry Smith, seeks to explore the different possibilities of how to explain, interpret and categorize contemporary art. Most simply, Smith states that “it is what we say it is, it is what we do, it is the art that we show, that we buy and sell, that we promote and interpret”. Contemporary art is an important part of the social world today in many ways, from mass media to museums and architecture. It affects the society around it and is also affected by it. One of the challenges of interpretation of contemporary art that Smith talks about is the fact that it is coming from around the globe, from all different societies and viewpoints and understandings of the world. This is one contributing factor to the idea that contemporary art cannot be explained by any specific trend in style.

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