Contemporary art is a term used to describe artworks produced in the second half of the 20th century or in the 21st century. These works are often characterized by inter-disciplinary techniques and methods, and the use of mixed media and varied materials. Contemporary art is dynamic and diverse, and does not conform to a specific unifying principle or agenda. It does not wish to represent a certain ‘truth’ but rather question the complexity of the human and artistic experience, inviting the viewers to do so as well.
Contemporary art usually corresponds with the current cultural trends and reflects them: many contemporary artworks make use of ready-made objects as a response to today’s hyper consumerism; present day’s focus on individuality has made performance art highly relevant; and the heightened globalization and technological advances have influenced the use of new media such as video art and net-art.