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130,000 - The number of contemporary artworks currently available on Artsper. Every day, new Parisian, European and international art galleries join us and trust us to promote their artists (painters, illustrators, sculptors and art photographers.)

We use the term ‘contemporary art’ to identify all works created in recent times, between the end of the 20th and the start of the 21st centuries. However, there is no single type of contemporary art and it can cover just as many forms as there are artists. Although contemporary art takes individualities and cultural exceptions into account, it is inspired by a global context and a globalised society which is forever changing. The materials used, the creative processes and the chosen themes often refer to this interconnection and constantly question the established artistic order.

Although they are often confused, there are many differences between modern and contemporary art. In particular, contemporary art, which tends to be more conceptual, favours the creative idea behind the work more than the actual artwork created.

However the distinction between the two trends can be interpreted as purely time-related and any piece of work created after 1945 can be called ‘contemporary’. Pop Art is one of the first artistic movements to emerge from contemporary art. It appeared at a time when an entire generation was caught up in the whirlwind of consumer society. Pop Art used the latest technology available and intense colours to reflect (sometimes ironically) the changing globalised world. Key artists include Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol whose modern paintings depict the icons of the time, such as Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor.

Inspired by the revolutionary thinking of the great Surrealist masters (Dali or Magritte), Cubists (Picasso) and Dadaists (Marcel Duchamp), artists of the 1950s and 60s took their ideas about art even further. Minimalism and Conceptual Art was born. Minimalism and conceptualism were set in contrast to the the abstract expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, and the movements were pioneered by artists such as Franck Stella, Sol Lewitt, Lawrence Weiner many of whom created pared down, minimal sculptures…

Born in the 1960s in Philadelphia, street art has been popular since the 80s and is now exhibited in art museums, galleries and private collections. Paintings, stencils, collages, unusual supports, tags...Certain gallery owners offer original works from the movement’s biggest names, such as prints by Shepard Fairey (Obey), Banksy, photographs by JR or graffiti paintings by Jef Aérosol. In our catalogue you can also find works by artists from the emerging art scene who work in the same style: JonOne, Blek Le Rat, Miss Tic, Death NYC....

Despite all these changes that have taken place, artists continue to work with more traditional genres including landscape and portrait, although of course, the way they approach these subjects is very different today. Many artworks combine several techniques and mediums. A drawing, for example might use collage, watercolour and touches of acrylic. Artists today are faced with almost limitless possibilities.

Sculptors and other artists who played an important part in the late 20th century art scene are also present on Artsper. Specialising in big or small formats, using wood, bronze or steel you’ll find a variety of works. Discover the famous highly-coloured figurative creations by Niki de Saint Phalle, Takashi Murakami’s kawai inspired art, and even Jeff Koons, also known as the most expensive living contemporary artist in the world.

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Our recommendations Richard Dunkley, Duo Dive, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Duo Dive, 2001
30 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,115

Our recommendations Richard Dunkley, China Mochado, Photography

Richard Dunkley

China Mochado, 1989
30 x 20 inch
Photography

$561

Our recommendations Richard Dunkley, Black Roses, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Black Roses, 2006
20 x 16 inch
Photography

$631

Our recommendations Richard Dunkley, Listen, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Listen, 1998
20 x 16 inch
Photography

$421

Our recommendations Richard Dunkley, Matisse's Venetian Chair, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Matisse's Venetian Chair, 2017
16 x 23 inch
Photography

$982

Our recommendations Richard Dunkley, Training Camp 2, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Training Camp 2, 2002
24 x 20 inch
Photography

$351

Richard Dunkley, Splash!, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Splash!, 2002
30 x 20 inch
Photography

$680

Richard Dunkley, Cap Ferrat, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Cap Ferrat, 2001
24 x 20 inch
Photography

$666

Richard Dunkley, Aldwick Wave, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Aldwick Wave, 2020
20 x 30 x 1 inch
Photography

$631

Richard Dunkley, Puff Cloud, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Puff Cloud, 2002
30 x 40 x 1 inch
Photography

$827

Richard Dunkley, Cap Ferrat Pine, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Cap Ferrat Pine, 2002
20 x 30 inch
Photography

$631

Richard Dunkley, Long Island Wave, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Long Island Wave, 1994
20 x 30 inch
Photography

$701

Richard Dunkley, Magali Camber Sands 1, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Magali Camber Sands 1, 2006
20 x 30 inch
Photography

$631

Richard Dunkley, Martina, Dive 1, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Martina, Dive 1, 2002
30 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,115

Richard Dunkley, Cannes Film Festival, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Cannes Film Festival, 2001
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$421

Richard Dunkley, Anish Kapoor 2, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Anish Kapoor 2, 2011
30 x 20 inch
Photography

$912

Richard Dunkley, End of the Affair 1, Photography

Richard Dunkley

End of the Affair 1, 1998
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$561

Richard Dunkley, Jardin du Luxembourg 1, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Jardin du Luxembourg 1, 2018
20 x 30 inch
Photography

$701

Richard Dunkley, Long Island Winter, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Long Island Winter, 1990
20 x 16 inch
Photography

$351

Richard Dunkley, Jason and Robin, Camber Sands, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Jason and Robin, Camber Sands, 2005
30 x 20 x 1 inch
Photography

$491

Richard Dunkley, Hommage to S, Photography

Richard Dunkley

Hommage to S, 1998
24 x 19.5 inch
Photography

$561

Richard Dunkley, MC 2, Photography

Richard Dunkley

MC 2, 2006
20 x 16 inch
Photography

$554

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