No one has ever agreed on the exact definition of the contemporary art. The artists, and curators as well as the historians have given different definition of the Contemporary art. Contemporary art was preceded by the Modern art, and there is no precise date on when the Modern art period ended. The complication arises when the Post Modernist Art is sometimes used as the synonym of the Contemporary art. Post modernism is the art, which originated after the modernism, but it includes varied disciplines that include music, architecture, films, sociology, literature, fashion and also technology. All of these have different timelines. Thus, it is also difficult to state that when postmodernism has originated. Also it could not be used as the synonym of the Contemporary art. Postmodernism is more of a style and an attitude, while Contemporary are is an era or a period. In time postmodernism will be out dated with a newer ‘ism’, but it will remain a form of the Contemporary Art.
Television and video technology was used to redefine the art. The conceptual art and the installation art were the result of the new technology. The conceptual art was started since 1960s. This is the classical post-modernist art form. In this the base concept or the underlying idea was considered as the most important element. The best example of the Conceptual art was “The Specialization of Sensibility in the Raw Material State into Stabilised Pictorial Sensibility” (2009) was exhibited at the Pompidou Centre, in Paris.
The aftermath of the modernist art has given birth to only Contemporary art. “An immediate consequence is that contemporary art has become , in its form and its contents, its meaning and its usages- thoroughly questioning in nature, extremely wide-ranging in its modes of asking and scope of its inquires”. Contemporary art is mainly the art of the 21st century. Contemporary art reflects the contemporary society, culture, politics, and economy. It includes both, the artists and the audiences. It is the art form that includes the current ideas by rethinking the past.