Contemporary art is a vast and complex field representing artists, ideas, and trends from every imaginable cultural and geographical background. This book introduces the art of our times by taking the reader through a tour of some seventy examples from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Thematic chapters present artistic categories, concepts, and propositions that have been prevalent since the mid-1950s and offer a path toward understanding the different subjects, forms, styles, purposes, and techniques of contemporary art. Some, such as 'portrait', are long-standing notions in the history of art; others, such as 'site' or 'borrowed', raise provocative questions and may be less immediately obvious. But it is the works of art themselves - brilliantly conceived by some of the most creative minds of our times - that make the case for embracing contemporary media in all its diversity.
Saunders Book Company