ConTEMPORARY Art: World Currents
Smith argues there has been a shift from modern to contemporary art, embracing the contemporary world’s teeming multiplicity, its proliferating differences and its challenging complexities. This book shows how contemporary art became a global phenomenon as artworlds everywhere began to connect more closely. New communicative technologies and expanding social media are now shaping the future of art. Terry Smith offers the first account of these changes, from their historical beginnings to the present day. This book also traces how modern, traditional and indigenous art became contemporary in each cultural region of the world. The author argues that it is diversity, not a convergence towards sameness, which makes today’s art contemporary.