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15.1: Overview

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  • The new millennium of the 21st century brought cultural issues to the forefront, starting with 9/11, the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, Google becoming a public company, the Iraq war, the first African-American president, gender issues, same-sex marriage, and a more liberal pope. Art in the new millennium is as varied as a society and explored public policy and cultural changes around the world as art lost geographic boundaries. Art becomes an inquiry about life, a discussion about equal rights, and support for artistic freedom. Our contemporary world requires the artist to be creative, break cultural boundaries, and inspire new ways to depict freedom for all people. They must acknowledge global warming and produce sustainable environmental art, and to reaffirm; we are all the same inside.

    Art is heavily influenced by digital images and the proliferation of art on the internet; new materials are available, and artists now combine the old crafts and forms with new concepts based on local cultures morphed into more global cultures. Now interconnected through mass media, the patterns of an African blanket or a flower in Mexico manifest themselves in a Parisian fashion show. Globalization is not only an economic force, but it is also a force that is expanding the market for artists beyond their local borders, spreading their potential designs worldwide.

    The emergence of women artists began in the late 19th century, but during the 20th century, more women artists became known and acknowledged as artists. Women are half the population of the world, yet less than five percent of the artists in art museums are women. There was a famous poster from 1989 asked, "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?" as eighty-five percent of the nudes in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art are women. New movements in art and modern ideas are bringing forth opportunities for women in today's art world.

    Chapter 15, The New Millennium (2000 - ) looks at the impact and change of a global world on art, no longer a local enterprise. Interconnection, through the technology of the internet, allows art and architecture to be viewed by all. Artists work with new technologies changing the concepts and dimensions of how art or a structure appears.

    Art

    Location

    Installation and Sculpture

    Worldwide

    Architecture for the 21st Century

    Worldwide

    Digital Art

    Worldwide

    Contemporary Figurative

    Worldwide

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