Do you know the difference in between modern and contemporary art? It seems to be a synonym: however, they have nothing to do with each other, not directly at least. Modern art was born ending the XIX century and ended at the beginning of the XX century. This does not fit in with termini the dictionary, in which -modern refers to actual time-. At his time, modern art broke schemes and innovated traditional art.
Instead, contemporary art makes reference to all of that is happening now, but nevertheless, the art works that we presence has between his objectives, to confront that what is established. In this way, lots of contemporary artists have made their name into a synonym of rebellion, what means that every day there is less conformity and less people are willing to stay sunken in a system that does not altogether work.
Some of these artists tend to live in the shade, since there are some who have monopolised the headlines such as Damien Hirst or Jeff Koons, who for their greatness or the way they presented their works have won this place. However, artists who are not as well known have great works of great value and with many nuances, but they are not as recognised as they should be. Some of them have made great works of their art and have shaken critics for the acidity, sarcasm or direct language with which they express themselves, but all, in definitive, are a part of contemporary art that you should know.
France saw the birth in 1962 of a man whose passion for art became a mixture of madness, leisure and adventure. In his artistic work, Huyghe combines his love for film and technological experiments to try to solve the enigmas of the imagination. Most of his works are directed to the dreams and the way in which these can become reality, as well as to the manipulation of the mind, which according to his opinion, is given thanks to the fact that cinema is capable of shaping a human being , that is, distorts and diffuses their ideas. In this way, he takes the social problems to become a utopia and tries to shape them in such a way that they seem like only dreams.
The celebration of creativity, excellence and black resistance are the specialty of this Tanzanian artist. Himid likes to confront all that people who believes he is superior because of his clear skin. She refers in her works to black slavery, to the invisibility that they still face today.
For her, negroes have been forgotten and are never taken into account. However, she gives them a name and a story in each of her works that include objects of daily use transformed in part by facilities that confront the socially established. Likewise, she offers her support to other artists from Africa who contributed with their talent to contemporary art.
The works of the winner of the 57th Venice Art Biennial address roles of gender, sexuality and the use of the female body in art. His work refers to the way the body is used as a metaphor for society and how it damages it by using it as inert and manipulable flesh. Although she has feminist discourses, the supporters of this position believed that her work was insufficient and was not a clear response to the violated rights of women, especially in the eighties. Before that, he dedicated himself to raising awareness among women through sexuality, separating eroticism from gender politics in his paintings, positioning himself as one of the greatest feminist figures in art.
Thanks to her training as an anthropologist, the French artist does research that creates multimedia narratives that explore the origin of the Universe, the human being and the limits of knowledge. For this reason, she uses natural materials and other everyday objects that she combines in video, sculpture, painting and installations that demonstrate the way she sees the world. The artist does not have a definite position, she is described as "someone who does not like anything", since she does not understand why life should have two opposing sides when there can be nuances that give general answers to the unknowns.
The native of Tecate, Baja California uses her daily life to illustrate her work. Through routines, situations and places from day to day, Chantal Peñaloza takes up the changes that occur in society through violence and abandonment. She is interested in those things that from seeing them so much become insignificant and makes them visible to the human eye, he vindicates them and gives them autonomy and personality. In this way, Peñaloza leaves aside money, success and fame to give more value to the simplicity of life.
Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba
Through a collage full of black humour, this artist makes evident the absurdity of everyday life. He does not pretend to be seen as an uncomfortable person who questions what he sees, he simply puts into evidence what does not work for us as a society and as autonomous individuals. We live in a world with excessive information and multiple elements that make up the day to day, causing you to lose interest in life, that is, each person develops in a mechanical and routine way. With his works he makes severe criticisms, mocks and laughs, but always with the idea of making his viewer reflect on what he does not perceive with a first glance.
She, like some of the previous artists, takes the simple from the everyday to rethink its value in a society where only the extraordinary counts. His work proposes political reflection through irony and humor. She laughs at the concerns of each individual, since they focus on the banal, on that which vanishes as if by magic and that only serves to strengthen ties with power, which we can not exercise naturally. Through interdisciplinary projects that include anthropology, design and economics, the artist explores various forms of intervention in museums and galleries. Cuevas questions with a smile, denounces with a joke and invites reflection and real criticism through self-knowledge and the detachment of the deeply rooted cultural identity
The work of Pía Camil has a direct relationship with the urban area of Mexico, as well as with the language of aesthetics in all senses, especially in the way in which the current human being defines and is influenced by the concept, the which is more synonymous with beauty than with a philosophical discipline. In the same way, her work is associated with advertising, since he tries to make works that explain the manipulation of external factors in the minds of the subjects, thus forming the social imaginary. She makes harsh criticisms of capitalism and consumerism, ensuring that thanks to manipulation and publicity, there is nothing more than almost compulsive buyers in each place, so it seeks to set a policy of anti-consumerism, which has resulted in some pieces like the "habitable paintings", among others.