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"How can you say one style is better than another? You ought to be able to be an Abstract Expressionist next week, or a Pop artist, or a realist, without feeling that you have given up something."
- Andy Warhol, 1963


The most notable aspect of contemporary art is its indefinability. Unlike art of the past, today's art is not driven by one school of thought or one dominant direction that dictates how art should look.


One way we can understand contemporary art is by exploring the connections between artworks and the times in which they were created. ArtPad features contemporary art made from the late 1960s to the present. Explore the art and events of these decades in this interactive timeline.


+ How to Use This Timeline

View By Decade
Click on a decade for an overview of that ten-year period. The historical, political and cultural references provide insight into art from that decade.


View By Year
Use the scrollbar to move year by year through the timeline. You'll see works of art and notes from the curator that will help you understand the work within the context of when it was created.


Use the drop down menu to select what date and associated event you want to explore.

You'll see notes and works of art from the curator that will help you understand the work within the context of when it was created.

Loaded with pictures, art work and information - take some time to explore the years!