modern & contemporary artists

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The major modern & contemporary visual artists. Sculpture, painting, installation artists, print, performance, photography, collage and multimedia and digital artists. The current, the famous, established and emerging artists since 1900, with links to webresources to find anything you want to know about them, with images of their work, comprehensive biographies and articles, and if it exists, the artist‘s personal website.

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famous modern artists


Hans ARP (1887-1966)
Jasper JOHNS (1930)
Paul CÉZANNE (1839-1906)
David SMITH (1906-1965)
Yves KLEIN (1928-1962)
Jean-Michel BASQUIAT (1960-1988)
Jackson POLLOCK (1912-1956)
Keith HARING (1958-1990)
Alberto GIACOMETTI (1901-1966)
Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973)
Mark ROTHKO (1903-1970)
Andy WARHOL (1928-1987)
Henri MATISSE (1869-1954)
Joan MIRO (1893-1983)
Wassily KANDINSKY (1966-1944)
Roy LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997)
Amedeo MODIGLIANI (1884-1920)
Victor VASARELY (1906-1997)
Tom WESSELMANN (1931-2004)
Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985)
Fernandez ARMAN (1928-2005)
Alexander CALDER (1898-1976)
Paul GAUGUIN (1848-1903)
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Alighiero BOETTI (1940-1994)
Claude MONET (1840-1926)
Fernand LÉGER (1881-1955)
Willem KOONING de (1904-1997)
Piet MONDRIAAN (1872-1944)
Henri CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004)
Francesco VEZZOLI (1971)
Robert RAUSCHENBERG (1925-2008)
Raoul DUFY (1877-1953)
Georgia O'KEEFFE (1887-1986)
Louise BOURGEOIS (1911-2010)


by art style


Action painting
Art and Electronic media
Assemblage
Conceptual Art
Concrete Art
Design
Existential Art
Expressionism
Jugendstil
Kinetic Art
Land and Environmental
Magic Realism
Mail Art
Minimal Art
Neo-Conceptualism
New Image Painting
Organic Abstraction
Photography - Documentary
Photorealism
Post Painterly Abstraction
Site specific art
Ready Made Art


famous contemporary artists


Damien HIRST (1965)
Robert COMBAS (1957)
Takashi MURAKAMI (1962)
Gerhard RICHTER (1932)
Antoni TAPIES (1923)
Francis BACON (1909-1992)
Christian BOLTANSKI (1944)
Xiaogang ZHANG (1958)
Jean Pierre PINCEMIN (1944-2005)
Andreas GURSKY (1955)
Pei-Ming YAN (1960)
Lucian FREUD (1922)
Bernar VENET (1941)
Miquel BARCELO (1957)
Fabrice HYBER (1961)
Jeff KOONS (1955)
Hiroshi SUGIMOTO (1948)
Jean-Marc BUSTAMANTE (1952)
Shirin NESHAT (1957)
Anish KAPOOR (1954)
Guoqiang CAI (1957)
Thomas STRUTH (1954)
Yoshitomo NARA (1959)
Vik MUNIZ (1961)
Cindy Sherman (1954)
BANKSY (1974)
Martin KIPPENBERGER (1953-1997)
Maurizio CATTELAN (1960)
Giuseppe PENONE (1947)
PIERRE & GILLES (1976)
Chuck CLOSE (1940)
Rebecca HORN (1944)
Enrico CASTELLANI (1930)
Bruce NAUMAN (1941)
Fernando BOTERO (1932)


by art technique


Body Art
Collage
Decollage
Digital Art
Drawing
Installation art
Video
Mural Art - Muralism
Painting
Performance Art
Photography
Pointilism
Printmakers
Sculpture Objects
Sound Art
Vintage
Writing
Printmakers
major exhibitions
Stencil Graffiti
Art Prizes
Abstract Art

What is Modern Art?

text-align:justify; For centuries artists enjoyed their place serving the Church, the aristocracy and current public conventions or tradition. Their handiwork decorated castles, stately homes and Churches with allegorical, mythological and religious subject matter. But towards the end of the 18th century things began to change. It was in fact the French Revolution of 1789 which caused the shift. The Modern era unfolded in its shadow. Under the mantra of liberty, equality and fraternity, society was irrevocably transformed. Art had become a subject like philosophy and was open to be discussed. Artists became self conscious and self reliant. They were no longer constrained by a preconceived style, subject matter or technique. They critically examined existing conventions and created new possibilities for art. From the late 18th century many artists and art movements arose which challenged traditional thinking about painting, It is widely believed that Modern Art began with the work of the Frenchman, Paul Cezanne. (1839 - 1906) . He built upon the new techniques developed by his predeccesors (like the Impressionists), and together with this tried to recapture a sense of order and clarity. His efforts opened the way for Cubism which reformed painting even more. Many more movements followed, all challenging and transforming the act of painting in their own way. By the late 1960's,and early 1970's artists began to experiment with new media, such as video and performance and moved away from painting. It is here then, where Modernism is said to have ended and a new era begun.

What is Contemporary Art?

text-align:justify; Contemporary art is simply the art created in our lifetime. The subject matter explored is considered to be the most socially conscious,of any previous era. And the techniques employed reflect everyday life. Artists use video, multimedia, nature, music and more, to express their ideas.

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