What’re your thoughts on contemporary art? Do you like what you see?
Or are you a traditional art lover who is disheartened by the destruction of pure art in the name of realism and abstractionism?
Are you in favour of the technology integration with the art that gave birth to forms such as photorealism?
All these are the favourite debatable topics of art experts today.
Contemporary artworks are the ones that are produced after the 1960s typically. It is the form of art that presents our generation and timeline.
Future people will see this art as what was the prevalentart form in the 21st century.
Through this blog, I am going to make a small attempt to understand what’s wrong with the contemporary paintings and what’s not.
Is contemporary art really a true art form that we are able to achieve after continuous evolution or is it just a gimmick of art?
These questions will unfold here. Let’s have a look:
Why is contemporary art so difficult to understand?
The answer to this question is being related to the art history and to the cognitive science.
Yes. Let’s see how science makes us understand this dilemma.
Semmelwe is reflex is a term that sums it all from the science side.
Students of medical field will understand this term much better than art admirers such as you and me.
This is a term that defines the natural human characteristic to resist any new concept that opposes the typically accepted beliefs and practices.
So, that’s why it becomes so arduous for the common folks to accept this form of art.
What do critics think?
As per art experts, it is totally understandable if you are not able to decode the artworks that belong to some other timeline.
Like seeing a miniature painting from 10000 BC and not getting it is completely logical. But how come the contemporary paintings that are considered artworks of our time is not understood by us only?
Art critics have come to the conclusion that contemporary art is not expressive at all. Rather, it is just a mere attempt by today’s artists to show their superiority by designing the paintings that are not understood by the masses.
Other art experts state that most of the graceful contemporary paintings today seem like they can be created by a kid going to school.
So, what do you think people are harbouring such opinions?
What is stalling them?
Artists think that viewers just lack the intellect to see what lies beyond our normal aspects of life.
Decoding contemporary art
As per art history, abstract art ruled the early 20th century. What do you think might be the reason for the overtaking of contemporary art?
Well, you don’t need to think too much.
The credit goes to the works of the top esteemed artists associated with modernism and contemporary form. These were:
- Vassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)
- Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935)
- Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
These were the names that laid a solid foundation for contemporary art to become a mainstream genre.
The documents or the treaties left by them that described that the theme of their work was really the human nature.
These painters had a strong belief that art is something that belongs to a superior spiritual level, which is not at all related to the recognizable objects or elements.
The basic thinking of these artists was to reflect the patterns and colours in form of unidentifiable objects that relate to the other-worldlyrealm.
Along with this, contemporary and modern artists also believed that by creating such paintings they are bringing human closer to a higher plane of reality.
For instance, Mondrian believed that this form of paintings is meant as a new form of art that could evolve the consciousness level of humans. That is why these artists never believed inhaving a basic subject matter.
What did it mean to common folks?
To a normal person who loves art, a contemporary painting by Mondrian means nothing but vivacious patterns with or without colour compositions.
One interesting fact is that a lot of contemporary artworks have inspired numerous decorative products from apparels and bathroom patterns.
So, most of the people rather seeing some meaning in these paintings, see the decorative aspects.
Remember the painting of Malevich’s named as‘Black Square on a white field’?
What do you think a common man would see in it?
Do you think it is normal to perceive black squares as ‘feelings’ and the white field is ‘the void beyond this feeling’?
It is not.
The beauty of a contemporary art lies in its toughness to understand. Still, as I discussed above, there are a lot of critical assumptions of this art form that is being described as the“art of our times”.
Any art form has seen a resistance in its initial days and the days coming by. No one likes to think different until it’s their own idea.
Hope you had understood the two sides of the coin of this story. For any question or suggestion, reach us in the comment section.