I am very interested to know what other artists think of the term `Contemporary Art` The last time I checked it was stated as being `art made by artists living today` By what I see today, this seems to exclude anything that might be thought to having been made sometime in the (distant) past.
I know, a bit over the top maybe, but some of the rubbish I find on the internet makes me think there is little skill around today, but plenty of artists wanting to join the so called Young British Artists (YBA)
A passage on abstract impressionism found on the J. Paul Getty website education section states, the abstract expressionism movement `challenged artists to place more emphasis on the process of making art rather than the final product` This seems to me to say `well go ahead and paint a picture of the inside of an old rusty bucket, with holes in it` then call the result, art. You never know, it might make Tate Modern and possibly sit nicely alongside a pile of old bricks or a `landscape` painted by a drunken elephant.
Of course it could be interesting to know how a painting is made, but how could that possibly be more interesting than the painting itself!