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What is the difference between Modern and Contemporary Art?

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Answered Nov 18, 2020

In art, modern and contemporary forms are largely interchangeably. Modern and contemporary art are forms of art of two different times. Modern art started in the 1880s and lasted until the 1960s. Modern art broke away from conventional forms of art. Modern art had a unique style and reflected the outer and inner world. Modern art is focused on surrealism rather than depicted life as perceived by the church or the influential in society. Modern artists tend to find the pure idea of art. Contemporary art can be defined as the art that was developed after the 1960s, and it's still emerging. Contemporary art is one created by artists that are still living. Contemporary art has a social impact on modern art. The contemporary artist is less concerned about the purity in art and is also liberal in their attitudes.
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N. Jarah

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Answered Jul 01, 2020

Modern art refers to art that has been created in the 1880s and ended in the 1970s. Contemporary art proceeds modern art, which began from the 1970s to now, and it is still being made. Modern and contemporary art are two different eras in the art movement. The main difference between the two is not of style but the age in which it was produced. Modern art referred to artistic works made in the 1860s and ended at some point in the 1970s.

Contemporary art mimics modern art. Modern art is an expression that signifies the style and attitude of the art which was created during this era. The ambition of contemporary art is to push the envelope and experiment with new and exciting perceptions using shapes and colors.

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M. Delilah

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Answered Jul 01, 2020

Modern arts and contemporary arts refer to different forms of art at different periods in time. The period for the modern arts extends from the 1880s to the 1960s, whereas contemporary art took its invention from the 1960s up till this present moment. Artists like Manet and Van Gogh are those that brought a new generation of artists that birth the modern arts.

It was the conventional forms of arts that were reigning before the modern arts took over. Modern arts give more emphasis to the subjective representation of objects, unlike the conventional arts that focus more on the reality of an object. The artists that brought about the contemporary arts are the recent and present artists. Contemporary art is more flexible than modern art, which seems a bit rigid. Contemporary arts are making some social impacts, unlike modern arts. Also, contemporary arts give a chance for more freedom in designing.

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