When talking about art, most people would think about Pablo Picasso or Leonardo Da Vinci. Their paintings, sketches, and sculptures are some of the treasures of the past. However, most of these world-renowned artists have something in common – they are not living anymore. Few people realize that it is indeed important to recognize the past, but it is also important to appreciate artists of today as well.
From the famous murals of Raphael to Andy Warhol famous paintings, these artists help made what art is today. Just like most people, artists who have been dead for so many years are studied from history classes. That is mainly the reason why they are so popular. But how about the artists that are still alive? Who are some famous modern artists and what are some of their works?
The face of modern art, Bruce Nauman and his rather abstract approach towards modern art can be recognized a mile away. Because of this background in media, he incorporates printmaking, neon and video art in his pieces, making obscure shapes with lights and other materials. His most famous work is entitled One Hundred Live and Die. Some of the most famous modern artists and their work are often recognized and displayed in museums or exhibits for the public to see. The One Hundred Live and Die is currently located at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
A feminist through and through, Linda Benglis sheds light to the sometimes cloaked story of inequality. She creates art that makes a bold statement about equality among any gender in all aspects of life. One of her most famous sculptures is called the Quartered Meteor. This particular painting was created during the year 1969 where the genre of minimalism was in the rage at the time. It is an interesting piece that leaves onlookers guessing as to what the sculpture is all about.
Pop art a few years back became a platform for artists to express their opinions on certain matters. One such painting is called the Hollywood, which is a painting of the iconic Hollywood sign overlooking the city of Los Angeles. With its complementary colors and sharp design, Ed Ruscha clearly understood the concept of what art truly is. Art is just like any other scientific field. It all starts with a question, and artists such as Ed Ruscha urges the public to ask questions and be curious about the art that he makes.
These famous modern artists and their work will also be considered as the art of the current generation and will be remembered for many years to come. Although it is unavoidable to compare and contrast artists of the past to the artists of today, people should still understand the cultural differences between then and now. Instead of putting them amongst each other, why not appreciate them all? After all, their works of art make the world a much more beautiful place.