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Have you ever found yourself looking sideways at a museum piece and wondering, "What is it?", "What does it mean?", "Who made this, and what were they on?" Don't worry, you're not an uncultured swine. Granted, the world of contemporary art movements can sometimes be confusing, but it is also extremely diverse in approach and expression. Browse this list of current art movements and while you may not love everything, you just might find something for that empty spot over the mantel. 

Definitive List of Current Art Movements

Net Art

Net Art is more than just web design; it is a movement that utilizes the internet as its canvas. You're in the right place to experience it because it won't be featured in any museum without an internet connection. In fact, that is much of the appeal of internet art: there are usually no galleries to visit, because it is mainly distributed online. Often typified by interactive, responsive features, net art also commonly uses multimedia approach to send a message. Some founding and prominent net artists include: Mark Amerika, Golan Levin, and Martin Wattenburg.


Massurrealism might best be described as a shoot-off of pop art. It's approach can be understood by it's name - which is a mixture of mass media and surrealism. Many massurrealists combine their works in a mixture of digital work, tactile material and collage. Prominent artists include: James Seehafer, Melanie Marie Kreuzhof, and Cecil Touchon. 


Lowbrow is an art movement that embraces the judgement of critics into it's very name. Originating in the comics and punk movements, it's also often connected to pop surrealism and typically expressed through paintings. Prominent artists include: Robert Williams, the Clayton Brothers, Takashi Murakami. 


Stuckism is an extremely vocal branch of contemporary artists typified by their hatred for conceptual art. Stuckists reject the more creative interpretations of what is art and advocate creating art, regardless of medium, that has a more spiritual value, art that focuses on more figurative painting and expression. Most prominent and active in the UK, some founding and prominent artists include: Billy Childish, Charles Thomson, Mark D., and Jane Kelly.


Thinkism defines itself less as an art movement and more as an ideology for social change. Artists that proscribe to Thinkism see the need for art to promote thinking and discussing social, personal, environmental, and spiritual problems. Thinkism art is very similar in form to some pop art, but with a stronger focus on message. David Kam is the founder and most prominent Thinkism artist. 


Funism can be used to describe two very different styles of art. The main contributers are Sal Marino and Norm Magnusson - both claim to have invented the term Funism and they've stuck with that title, so you have two schools of thought to choose from. Sal Marino's art is typified by folk art paintings that are satirical social commentary in nature. Norm Magnusson defines his art as, "As much fun to look at as it is to think about." His works include paintings as well as the I-75 project.

Street Art

Street Art is a movement that typically utilizes public space as a canvas, for this reason it is also often illegal and unsanctioned, many of the artists are anonymous or create under pseudonyms. From graffiti, to sculpture and posters, many have found it a very popular form of expression. Graffiti is not to be confused with the destructive tagging that takes place on trains and random places, but street art graffiti artists often employ stencils and other methods to create something more thought-out. Street art has also come to include some stunning 3D chalk art that has become very popular on the internet. Prominent artists include: Banksy, AVANT, Ash, Edgar Mueller, and Julian Beever.

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