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Contemporary Art Today and Tomorrow

Often, the authors who create contemporary art are deeply indifferent to beauty. For them, the main thing is to express emotion, but how it doesn’t matter at all…

Hey! This text has been translated into English using automatic Google translation. So I apologize for the inaccuracies in the text. The original in Russian can be seen here

When talking about contemporary art, we are told to forget this, forget that. Why should we forget? Indeed?! Why should we forget something, close our eyes to something and imagine that there, in this abstract spot, there is something masterpiece? If most of everything happens in the minds of the audience, then why the hell do we need these abstract spots? We ourselves can imagine what we want, say that this is a masterpiece, and let only at least someone try to object.

And yet, without the abstract, there would not be that freedom of expression and variety of forms, directions and types of performance now. And that’s great. This moment cannot be denied.

Now the development of art has come to understand one truth, which our ancient ancestors felt well in their rock paintings. Art is emotions, it is an expression of feelings, sensations and thoughts. The only question is how it can be expressed. Someone through a deep and thorough study of the surrounding world, through the transfer of subtle nuances in realism, and someone through a simple heap of colors, spots and colors, through some objects and the like. And all this is an attempt to express their feelings. Good, bad, but as it is.


There is another term that is worth parsing in more detail.

The concept of “work of art”, according to the general scientific definition of the term “art”, can include any skillfully, skillfully executed (technically perfect) products of human labor (material culture), the meaning of which goes beyond the boundaries of utility, that is, having constructive, aesthetic or artistic properties or a combination of both. In this case, the criterion for a work of art is the ability to evoke an emotional response in many people.


So, in short and simple, it turns out that a “work of art” is something aesthetic, or artistic, or constructive, masterfully executed and causing an emotional response in people. I think now it is more clear what can be attributed to a work of art.

Two extremes of art

We all know that one way or another, but the world always comes to balance. This is what happened in art. After the advent of impressionism and its further development towards complete abstraction, a completely opposite trend appeared. It’s about hyperrealism. After all, this is logical, if there is a completely formless art, then there must be an absolute copy of the form.

Thus, the world of art has expanded to extremes. And it looks like it should be good. But, unfortunately, now, most often, people focus on these extreme poles of art. Either only abstraction, or only hyperrealism. And sticking to extremes is not the best option, no matter what. And it is not surprising that the authors working in such different planes do not understand and do not recognize the complete opposite. Abstractionists say that copying reality is not real art, and hyperrealists do not see great work and any creativity in the formless.

And as a result of this confrontation, works created somewhere between these two extremes suffer. Now it has become the norm that any painting created in a realistic way is called a salon and unworthy of the term “modern high art”. Although, if you look at history, then a good part of the famous masterpieces is precisely the salon.

And at the same time, adherents of abstract movements, trying to draw attention to themselves, began to take to the streets, arrange performances and installations. Such actions allow you to express ideas and emotions more vividly. And now they are recognized as a separate art form. Now it has generally become fashionable to recognize something as a separate species, so as not to offend someone’s feelings. At the same time, it is overlooked that much in such actions is not a work of art, even if at a stretch.

In an attempt to attract the viewer, somehow draw him into the process and hold his attention, the authors began to resort to all sorts of tricks. One of these is a technique called “spectator – co-author”. The work is thought out in such a way as to leave some kind of incompleteness, understatement. Then the viewer himself will be able to think out the content and meaning of the work. This is a good psychological trick. There is nothing wrong with it.

Justifying their shortcomings in this way. That is, instead of a well-thought-out and competently presented idea, they slip us, for example, the most ordinary palette with paints or a banana taped to the wall. And it is presented as an object of high art with a deep philosophical idea, which we, elementarily, are not able to understand due to our supposedly limited nature. Really?!

With this approach, then you can call “a work of art” anything, everything that a person does and what surrounds him. Though a chair, a table, even a toilet bowl. Although wait, it has already been and is in the museums of “modern art”. But is it a “work of art”?

The artwork as an object of trade and extraction of money.

And here we come to the crux of the matter. What is art really today? It would be more accurate to say the art market, as they often like to say now. I think now you must have some disturbing doubts and all sorts of guesses…

That’s right, the market is the market, and it has its own rules and laws. And they have nothing to do with the concept of art and a work of art. But, unfortunately, today we are talking more about the market, and not about art and creativity, all the more so.

To put it bluntly, the essence of art today is to make society pay attention to itself in any way and make money from it.

This is where the very cherished word “money” sounds, after which all talk about high creativity ends and everything begins to obey one idea, to earn money.

If something was once sold, then it can no longer be considered bad or unworthy. Indeed, in this case, it will depreciate and the money spent on the acquisition of this object will go into oblivion. And over the past century, a myriad of funds have been spent on abstract things. Museums and private collectors will not let others say that they have just a daub or an ordinary chair, and not a work of art.

And the funny thing is that even if one day a miracle happens and art critics still admit that much is not a work of art, these things will only cost even more… And Banksy’s cut work “Love in the trash can” is an example of this. Such is the paradox.

You can still speculate on this topic, but I think this is no longer really necessary, so everything is clear. Everyone wants to eat, and eating delicious food is even more so…

What will contemporary art be like tomorrow?

Okay, that’s today, but what about tomorrow? What will art be like tomorrow? Is everything going down to banal earnings and simple interior pictures?

No, definitely not. Remembering the past, you can see that art used to be very dependent on customers and finances. However, world-class masterpieces were created. So in the future, creativity will always find a way out.

Art will be more plastic, flexible, if I may say so. All that freedom, received a century ago, will not allow authors to be driven into rigid frameworks, as was the case centuries earlier. But there will also be no existence in the extremes of the formless and an absolute copy of the form.

And this process of finding a way to something in between can be observed today. A lot of artists work as they please, regardless of finances, conventional wisdom, etc. They do what they like. They find new ways to express their emotions and ideas. For example, now hundreds and thousands of artists work in digital format. And, oddly enough, most of them make classic sketches and pictorial drawings of people, in various complex subjects and with confused lighting. Their work is admired by thousands of people. After all, everyone wants to see something beautiful and understandable.

This is just one example, there are many more, when artists create the most magnificent work in traditional material. Take a look around, the world of art and creativity is very large and it does not come down to just one “modern abstraction”…

Contemporary Art Today and Tomorrow


Today I am attaching a funny moment from the Black Sails series. Look, it’s worth it.

I’ve thought about it a little, figured out different views on this issue. Also tried to explain the basic terms to give a more complete look. Well, the conclusions, as usual, to do, in any case, you. It is you who will decide what to admire, what to buy and what things to hang on the walls.

Master of Arts Viachaslau Shainurau

As a conclusion to my reflections on the topic of contemporary art, in the next note I will quote excerpts from a very entertaining interview with an interesting person. Be sure to check it out, don’t be lazy…

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