Contemporary art is a vast and complex field encompassing artists, ideas, and trends from every imaginable cultural and geographical background. This book introduces the art of our times by taking the reader through a tour of some 70 examples from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Thematic chapters present artistic categories, concepts, and propositions that offer a path toward understanding the different subjects, forms, styles, purposes, and techniques of contemporary art. Some, such as portraiture, are long-standing notions in the history of art; others, such as site and appropriation, raise provocative new questions. But it is the works themselves—brilliantly conceived by some of the most creative minds of our times—that make the case for embracing contemporary art in all its diversity.
About the Authors
Edward Saywell is Chair, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Al Miner is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Liz Munsell is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs, position supported by Lorraine Bressler, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Emily Zilber is Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.