Contemporary Art

Contemporary art is work created in our present time (from around the 1960s to the present day) or it's work that is current within a specified period of time.

Contemporary art should not be confused with modern art, which usually refers to work created from the 1880s up until the 1970s.

Museums and Centers Resources

Lists of Artists

See also: Modern Art, Periods and Movements

Museums and Centers

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Exhibits sculpture, video, painting, film and performance art created after 1945.

New Museum of Contemporary Art
New York City museum with a browsable archive of more than 6,000 images.

MOCA: Los Angeles
Collects and exhibits artwork dating from 1940 to the present day.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Non-collecting museum with rotating exhibitions, community partnerships, education programs and outreach.

P.S.1 MoMA: Contemporary Art Center
A non-collecting organization that provides exhibition space for experimental contemporary art.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, this museum houses permanent collection with a small selection of works online and also presents special exhibitions.

The Warhol
Includes in depth information about Andy Warhol as well as a collection of more than 8,000 works of art including paintings, installations, film, and video.

The Mattress Factory
A non-profit organization and museum that exhibits contemporary installations and provides a residency program to artists.

Saatchi Gallery
Presents contemporary art in London by young largely unknown artists as well as work by established artists who have rarely or never exhibited in the UK.

Institute of Contemporary Arts
British contemporary art including visual and digital arts, music, and cinema.

Contemporary Museum: Baltimore, Maryland
Exhibits works and projects, provides educational programs and presents images from past exhibitions online.

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
A non-collecting organization that provides work space and presents exhibitions by contemporary artists.

Modern and Contemporary Art
A presentation from the Yale University Art Gallery that includes images, an overview of modern and contemporary art, and suggested reading.

V&A: Contemporary
View objects in the contemporary collections plus exhibition highlights from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
International modern and contemporary art collections including photography, works on paper, installation, painting, sculpture, digital and video art, and mixed media.

The Art Institute of Chicago
View works online including paintings, film, video, new media, photography, installations, drawings, and prints by artists such as Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Leon Golub, and others.

Brooklyn Museum: Contemporary
View more than 1,400 objects in the online collections of the Brooklyn Museum.


PBS: Art:21
A series of television shows documenting the work of contemporary artists in America, the site also includes biographies and photographs of the artists who have been featured on the show along with images of their work.

Art History Resources on the Web: Contemporary Art
A huge list of resources including contemporary museums, centers, institutes, reviews, and journals.

VoS: Art (Modern and Contemporary)
An annotated list of resources compiled by the Voice of the Shuttle, a group of graduate students at the University of California.

Lists of Contemporary Artists

Cleveland Institute of Art: Contemporary Artists Index
A Gund Library database dating from 1991 to the present that includes more than 26,000 notable artists and designers.

Art:21: Artists A to Z
A list of twenty first century American artists with photos and biographies from PBS.

ARC: Living Masters Galleries
Online galleries of artwork by contemporary master painters at the Art Renewal Center.

Contemporary Art History Resources on the Web
Includes links to artists, museums, centers, institutes, journals, and reviews, this list was compiled by Professor Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe from the department of art history, Sweet Briar College, Virginia.

MCA Collection Highlights
Browse artists listed alphabetically by last name in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

MOCA: Permanent Collection
Browse by artist name in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Kemper Museum: Permanent Collection
Browse selected artists in the permanent collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Tate Collection: Artist A-Z
Lists modern and contemporary artists in the national collection of British art.

A searchable database of artists and curators in the UK, includes biographies, images, and other resources.

Saatchi Online
Features online portfolios of work by emerging artists.

Wikipedia: List of Contemporary Artists
List of artists who have shown their work in contemporary art museums and institutes, or contemporary art exhibitions of worldwide importance.

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