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What is American contemporary art?

Eric Shiner
Feb 14, 2013 9:39PM

In the weeks leading up to the launch of the 2013 Armory Show in New York City on March 6 where I will be curating the Focus section, I will be posting an image of a work of art made in the past decade and ask you, the reader, to provide your opinion on the work, ultimately asking you if you think it qualifies as art, contemporary art, or American contemporary art, all of the above, or perhaps none of the above.  Some works will be those made by well-known artists, whereas others will be by young or little-known artists.  Some will give rise to controversy and debate, whereas others will be viewed with fondness and open arms.

Regardless, I encourage you to think about the piece, how it relates to the concept of America, to the art world, or to American popular culture.  I look very forward to everyone's comments, and I hope to see many of you at The Armory Show!

I encourage you to share your thoughts on Twitter.  Tweet to #FocusArmory and have fun!


Thomas Kinkade, NASCAR Thunder, 2008

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