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Artists You Should Know: Contemporary

Lists, facts, dates, links, and more, organized by period/movement

Notable Contemporary Artists (1970 - present)

If you wish to be generally familiar with art history, here is a short list of artists you should know from this period.

Name

Birth

Death

Nationality

Movement(s)

Primary Medium

Representative Works

Abakanowicz, Magdalena
 NB955 .A2335

1930

 

Polish

Socialist Realism Sculpture
Fiber Art
Agora
Abakans
War Games

Basquiat, Jean-Michel
 N6537 .B233

1960

1988

American

Neo-expressionism
Primitivism
Painting Scull
Profit I

Hirst, Damien
 N6797 .H47

1965

 

British

Young British Artists Painting
Installation Art
The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
For the Love of God
Spot Paintings

Koons, Jeff
 N6537 .K645

1955

 

American

Neo-pop Sculpture
Installation Art
Balloon Dog (Orange)
Puppy

Noble, Paul

1963

 

British

often labeled
Young British Artists
Sculpture
Drawing
Nobson Newtown
The Doley Game

Noland, Kenneth
 ND237 .N594

1924

2010

American

Color Field Painting Beginnings
Mysteries: Infanta

Price, Elizabeth

1966

 

British

  Installation Art The Woolworths Choir of 1979
The User Group Disco

Salle, David
 

1952

 

American

Neo-expressionism
Postmodernism
Painting
Printmaking
Muscular Paper
Mingus in Mexico

Stella, Frank
 ND237 .S683

1936

 

American

Minimalism
Modernism
Painting
Printmaking
Harran II
Scarlatti K Series

Contemporary Artists (1970 - present)

If you are a student of Art or Art History, here is a more detailed list of artists you should know from this period.

Name

Birth

Death

Nationality

Movement(s)

Primary Medium

Representative Works

Abakanowicz, Magdalena
 NB955 .A2335

1930

 

Polish

Socialist Realism Sculpture
Fiber Art
Agora
Abakans
War Games

Abramovic, Marina
 N7253 .A27

1946

 

Serbian

Conceptual Art Performance Art
Body Art
Seven Easy Pieces
Rhythm (series)

Basquiat, Jean-Michel
 N6537 .B233

1960

1988

American

Neo-expressionism
Primitivism
Painting Scull
Profit I

Bucklow, Christopher
 

1957

 

British

Neo-romanticism Painting
Photography
Guest (series)

Hirst, Damien
 N6797 .H47

1965

 

British

Young British Artists Painting
Installation Art
The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
For the Love of God
Spot Paintings

Koons, Jeff
 N6537 .K645

1955

 

American

Neo-pop Sculpture
Installation Art
Balloon Dog (Orange)
Puppy

Noble, Paul

1963

 

British

often labeled
Young British Artists
Sculpture
Drawing
Nobson Newtown
The Doley Game

Noland, Kenneth
 ND237 .N594

1924

2010

American

Color Field Painting Beginnings
Mysteries: Infanta

Price, Elizabeth

1966

 

British

  Installation Art The Woolworths Choir of 1979
The User Group Disco

Prouvost, Laure

1978

 

French

  Installation Art It, Heat, Hit
For Forgetting

Salle, David
 

1952

 

American

Neo-expressionism
Postmodernism
Painting
Printmaking
Muscular Paper
Mingus in Mexico

Schnabel, Julian
 

1951

 

American

Neo-expressionism Painting Plate Paintings
Sonanbul

Stella, Frank
 ND237 .S683

1936

 

American

Minimalism
Modernism
Painting
Printmaking
Harran II
Scarlatti K Series

Weiwei, Ai
 

1957

 

Chinese

Conceptual Art
Thinkism

Sculpture
Installation Art
Sunflower Seeds
S.A.C.R.E.D.

White, Wayne

1957

 

American

Surrealism
Pop Art
Painting
Sculpture
Cinema
Nixon
Sarge

Yamashita, Kumi
 

1968

 

Japanese

 

Installation Art
Shadow Art
Light & Shadow (series)
Constellation (series)