In some cases such as that of the controversial street Artist, Jean-Michel Basquait, who died tragically in NYC in 1988; in such cases when an Artist has a prolific output of works within a compact, time-frame and further, they created these works outside of the established market and Art Galleries… suddenly they die, the issue of provenance or proof of originality becomes a huge issue and impacts on values of their art work. Basquiat was a graffiti artist who originally signed his work as SAMO in the ’70s.
While it may be hard to classify emergent movements at the beginning of the process, Contemporary ART Practice has developed with a more socially conscious philosophy than many previous Art periods.
In general, Contemporary Art produced within the last 30 years has been directly connected to issues such as:
Climate Art, the AIDS Movement, the Peace Movement, Feminism, Multiculturalism and Globalization.
Avec Pleasure will help you to examine these areas of concern and begin to understand more about the focal points of many visual works produced by our Contemporary Artists.