Contemporary Art is a broad category, generally defined as anything created since the end of World War II, including paintings, sculpture, art installations and even video art. Contemporary Art comprises a number of artistic movements, such as Pop art, Urban art, Minimalism and Postmodernism. Collectors of Contemporary Art continually have to adapt to a marketplace saturated with talented artists.
More recently, a growing online trend seeks to categorise and define the contemporary art world. From art critics who work for international newspapers who become art celebrities in their own right to online auction sites that bring the sale of Contemporary Art to the internet, contemporary Art is viewed by the public through several different lenses. With bloggers telling us what exhibitions to view, we are constantly confronted with new Art. Contemporary Art continues to appreciate as an alternative investment - the market is so lucrative that websites focused on contemporary Art are considered assets in their own right.
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The basic definition of Contemporary Art is "a work created by a living artist". However, this doesn't include the multitude of media, influences, and historical timelines that compose these complex works, which sometimes defy description.
Contemporary Art challenges the viewer, asking, "Can you understand what has been laid before you?". Much like a poem, each work tries to convey a specific message which is often not readily apparent. The confusion between the words Modern and Contemporary is understandable; essentially, they mean the same thing, but these are two separately defined periods in the timeline of artistic movements.
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With this widely popular and ever-changing market, our expert is versatile in contemporary art forms. After a decade working at Sotheby's in London, our Modern & Contemporary Art expert can value anything from paintings and sculpture to works on paper. She is present at all major gallery shows and art fairs around the world, such as Art Basel & Miami, Frieze London, Art Miami, The Armory Show New York, etc.
Our Modern British Art expert is a former auctioneer and Department Director at Bonhams Auctioneers in Oxford. She is a History of Art graduate of UCL and a postgraduate of the Courtauld Institute in London. She worked in London at Christie's and Bonhams for many years as a specialist and department director in the 20th Century British Art departments. She has travelled internationally to advise collectors and has a broad range of experience in valuing entry-level to high-end collections.