Photo Credit: PBS: ART21
Art in the 21st Century
The 21st Century is yet to take hold. Indeed, many believe that the 20th century didn’t take hold until about 1920, after World War I, and the decline of the old order. “Some of most influential modern and contemporary art movements and developments of the century include Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Photorealism, and Neo-Expressionism.”(Artsy)
While it is still “early days” Oxford Art Online cites “the surge of bio art in response to scientific research in the life sciences, and the critical theory known as relational aesthetics that developed in response to an increase in art that invites viewers’ participation and interaction. Other art forms that were developed in the late 20th century remain vital for the analysis of 21st-century art and visual culture, including semiotics, post-modernism, and feminism.”(Artsy)
PBS premiered Season 8: Art in the Twenty-First Century on September 16, 2016, and has online the “Art21 Library, an index of every film produced by Art21 since its first broadcast in 2001. The library contains full episodes from each of Art21’s television and digital series.”
Google Images has pages devoted to 21st century art. Below is just a small sample.
Below is a video of Cy Twombly: Bloomimg at the Gagosian Gallery.
And, our favorite, the video art of Robert Wilson:
Art in the 21st Century – Conclusion
“While the 21st century, thus far, has been in the death throes of the 20th century, in every aspect of life, the new century is emerging to develop into something of its own, and, as yet, unknown. The art of Robert Wilson may well come to identify not only the point where the 21st century began, but hopefully what will be a major art movement of the new century.” (whitherthebook)
More: 14 Incredible Works That Have Redefined Art in the 21st Century “For a crash course in the contemporary art scene, we gathered one work for every year between 2000-2014. Looking towards the recent past of modern art, these are the pieces you should know. Starting with 2000, here’s the year-by-year retrospective” (mic.com)
January 17, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.