Black Rider

Black Rider

Indeed, ‘recent’ might be one easy definition for ‘contemporary’, allowing us to think of contemporary art as that made within recent memory. Another closely related and very straightforward meaning of ‘contemporary’, and one that is entirely true to the linguistic sources of the word, is ‘with the times’ (from the Latin ‘con’, meaning ‘with’, plus ‘temp’ meaning ‘time’).

As such, to be contemporary is to be alert to the conditions of a particular moment in time, to be moving with the tides of living history. And this sense of the word is widely used in understandings of ‘contemporary’ art.

Back in the 1980s, for instance, curators at the Tate Gallery in London decided that the “art of the past ten years, on a rolling basis”, would provide a suitable set of parameters as they made plans to develop a new ‘Museum of Contemporary Art’. ‘Contemporary’ art in this regard, comes pretty close to ‘modern’ art – particularly, perhaps, to Jackson Pollock’s claim that the art of “each age” should find “its own technique”.


Project Details

  • 19 elda St, Melbourne MP 3, Australia

  • rohorn

  • Sculpture, Print


  • Jan 8th - Feb 13th

  • California