List of contemporary artists

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This is a list of artists who create contemporary art, i.e. those whose peak of activity can be situated somewhere between the 1970s (the advent of postmodernism) and the present day. Artists on this list meet the following criteria:   

The person is regarded as an important figure or is widely cited by his/her peers or successors. The person is known for originating a significant new concept, theory or technique. The person has created, or played a major role in co-creating, a significant or well-known work, or collective body of work, that has been the subject of an independent book or feature-length film, or of multiple independent periodical articles or reviews. The person's work either (a) has become a significant monument, (b) has been a substantial part of a significant exhibition, (c) has won significant critical attention, or (d) is represented within the permanent collections of several notable galleries or museums, or had works in many significant libraries.

See also: Art, List of painters, List of modern artists, and List of sculptors

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                   Marina Abramovic (born 1946), performance artist Vito Acconci (born 1940), installation and performance artist Bas Jan Ader(1942–1979), conceptual artist Nadir Afonso (born 1920), geometric abstractionist Gustavo Aguerre (born 1953), conceptual, performance and installation artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila (born 1959), video artist Peggy Ahwesh (born 1954), video artist Rita Ackermann (born 1968), artist Chantal Akerman (born 1950), filmmaker Vikky Alexander (born 1959), installation artist Edward Allington (born 1951) sculptor Laurie Anderson (born 1947), performance artist Carl Andre (born 1935), sculptor Janine Antoni (born 1964), sculptor and installation artist Ida Applebroog (born 1929), painter Nobuyoshi Araki (born 1940), photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971), photographer Siah Armajani (born 1939), sculptor Mireille Astore (born 1961), conceptual, performance and installation artist

painter Jo Baer (born 1929). media artist Lynda Benglis (born 1941). video and performance artist Thierry Bisch (born 1953). conceptual artist Banksy (born 1974). Interactive artist Jennifer Bartlett (born 1945).  Javier Arevalo (1936). sculptor Gillian Carnegie (born 1971). painter Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). painter Candice Breitz (born 1972). installation artist C       Sophie Calle (born 1953). conceptual artist from France Nuno de Campos (born 1969). painter John Baldessari (born 1931). painter Vanessa Beecroft (born 1969) Zdzisław Beksiński (1929–2005). sculptor Chris Burden (born 1946) Gerard Byrne (born 1969). painter Eberhard Bosslet (born 1953) Fernando Botero (born 1932). painter Christian Boltanski (born 1944) Henry Bond (born 1966) Christine Borland (born 1965) Michaël Borremans (born 1963). sculptor Maurice Benayoun (born 1957). installation artist Gerard Caris (born 1925) Norman Carlberg (born 1928). painter . mail art Godfrey Blow (born 1948). painter/sculptor Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) Ashley Bickerton (born 1959) Janet Biggs (born 1959). performance artist Glenn Brown (born 1966) Angela Bulloch (born 1966) Deborah Butterfield (born 1949). painter and video artist Guy Bleus (born 1950). (born 1939). painter Janet Cardiff (born 1957). painter B                                      Francis Bacon (1909–1992). sculptor Robert J Brawley (born 1936). performance artist. painter Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988). painter David Blatherwick (born 1960). graffiti artist Fiona Banner (born 1966) Matthew Barney (born 1967). video artist Stuart Brisley (born 1933). painter Larry Bell. painter Mino Argento (born 1927). sculptor José Bernal (born 1925). filmmaker Artur Barrio (born 1945).

painter John Duncan (born 1953). painter. printmaker. fiber art Mat Collishaw (born 1966) Tony Cragg (born 1945). painter. sculpture Martin Creed (born 1968). digital artist. installation artist José Luis Cuevas (born 1934).                       Anthony Caro (born 1924). painter Joel Ducorroy (born 1955). sculptor Michael Craig-Martin (born 1941). photographer Maurizio Cattelan John Cederquist (born 1946). new media. abstract painter Christo (born 1935) Lygia Clark (1920–1988) Francesco Clemente (born 1952) Chuck Close (born 1940). abstract painter Richard Deacon (born 1949). sculptor Jake and Dinos Chapman (born 1966 and 1962) Judy Chicago (born 1939) Illya Chichkan (born 1967). print maker. painter Rineke Dijkstra (born 1959). conceptual artist. sculptor Antonio Caro (born 1950). neo-conceptual artist Guy Denning (born 1965). American sculptor Vija Celmins (born 1938) John Chamberlain (1927–2011). photographer Mark Divo (born 1966) Peter Doig (born 1959). installation and video artist Dan Christensen (1942–2007). photographer Sam Dillemans (born 1965). painter Braco Dimitrijevic (born 1948) Stephen DiRado (born 1957). installation artist E      Leif Elggren (born 1950) Ólafur Elíasson (born 1967) Tracey Emin (born 1963) Rob Erdle (1949–2006) Ali Omar Ermes (born 1945) . performance. sculptor Tacita Dean (born 1965). painter Claude Closky (born 1963) Jon Coffelt (born 1963). conceptualization Nicolas Carone (1917–2010). sculptor D                  Dado (1933–2010) Hanne Darboven (1941–2009) Ian Davenport (born 1966). painter. plate artist Marlene Dumas (born 1953). filmmaker Wim Delvoye (born 1965). painter and printmaker Ronald Davis (born 1937). painter. sculptor James Casebere (born 1953). book arts. painter.

conceptual sculptor G                       Anya Gallaccio (born 1963) Harry Gamboa. (born 1951) H. artist and filmmaker Robert Goodnough (1917–2010) Douglas Gordon (born 1966) Antony Gormley (born 1950).R. sculptor Jane Frank (1918–1986) Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011). photographer Stephen Finer (born 1949) Eric Fischl painter (born 1948) Peter Fischli & David Weiss (born 1952.   Bracha Ettinger (born 1948) Eva and Adele (born ?). sculptor Dan Graham (born 1942) Robert Graham (1938–2008) . Giger (born 1940) Isa Genzken (born 1948) Gilbert and George. Jr. painter Liam Gillick (born 1964) Robert Gober (born 1954) Ken Goldberg (born 1961) Michael Goldberg (1924–2007). born 1946) Dan Flavin (1933–1996) Bruno Fonseca (1958–1994) Caio Fonseca (born 1959) Peter Forakis (1927–2009). (born 1943 and 1942) Sam Gilliam (born 1933). painter Nan Goldin (born 1953). performance artist Lucian Freud (1922–2011) Tom Friedman (born 1965). photographer Jack Goldstein (1945–2003) Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956) Peter Golfinopoulos (born 1928) Leon Golub (1922–2004) Felix Gonzales-Torres (1957–1996) Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (born 1965). performance artists Valie Export (born 1940) F                     Jan Fabre (born 1958) Öjvind Fahlström (1928–1976) Angus Fairhurst (1966–2008) Ingrid Falk (born 1960) Bernd Fasching (born 1955) Charles Fazzino(born 1955) Kenneth Feingold (born 1952) Susan Fereday (born 1959). painter Andrea Fraser (born 1965). artist.

pop artist. installation artist Saskia Holmkvist (born 1971). performance artist and activist Gerry Judah (born 1951).     Rodney Graham. painter. installation artist Cleve Gray (1918–2004) Peter Grzybowski (born 1951). installation Michael (Mike) Jansen (born 1951). collagist Keith Haring (1958–1990). painter. painter. installation artist Damien Hirst (born 1965). performer and composer Jeanne-Claude (1935–2009) Chantal Joffe (born 1969). sculptor H                       Hans Haacke (born 1936). designer Donald Judd (1928–1994). sculptor Isaac Julien (born 1960). filmmaker . video artist Susan Hiller (born 1940). (born 1972). painter Koji Ishikawa (born J            Alfredo Jaar (born 1956). multimedia artist Gary Hill (born 1951). interdisciplinary artist Peter Howson (born 1958). mail art Mary Jordan (born 1969). video artist Richard Hamilton (1922–2011). painter Eva Hesse (1936–1970). performance artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff (born 1956) Tim Hawkinson (born 1960). conceptual artist Christian Holstad. artist. printmaker Ray Johnson (1927–1995). performance artist Genco Gulan (born 1969). installation artist. photographer. media artist I   John Stuart Ingle (born 1933). (born 1949). conceptual artist Richard Jackson (born 1939). painter. painter Gary Hume (born 1962) Pierre Huyghe (born 1962). painter. photographer. painter Jenny Holzer (born 1950). painter David Hall (born 1937). multimedia artist. performance artist Don Gummer (born 1946). graffiti artist Mona Hatoum (born 1952). conceptual artist Toos van Holstein (born 1949). painter. conceptual artist. performance artist Diango Hernandez (born 1970). painter Jasper Johns (born 1930). sculptor. conceptual artist Karl Hagedorn (1922–2005). filmmaker. painter. sculptor Hugo Heyrman (born 1942). sculpture artist Gottfried Helnwein (born 1948).

painter Matthieu Laurette (born 1970). installation artist Lee Bul (born 1964). video artist M . conceptual Miru Kim (born 1981). artist Maria Lassnig (born 1919). painter Manfred Kielnhofer (born 1967). new media. transgenic artist Stanya Kahn (born 1968). conceptual artist Lennie Lee (born 1958). video. multimedia. painter Mark Kostabi (born 1960). painter and sculptor Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (born 1967). installation. painter and sculptor Claude-Max Lochu (born 1951). sculptor. multimedia. installation and conceptual artist Allan Linder (born 1966). conceptual artist Mike Kelley (1954–2012) Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923). painter Anselm Kiefer (born 1945). photographer. installation artist. installation. painter Richard Long (born 1945) Robert Longo (born 1953). performance artist. photographer and visual artist Mark Lewis (born 1958) installation and film artist Sol LeWitt (1928–2007). sculptor. installation artist Sarah Lucas (born 1962) Cecilia Lundqvist (born 1971). conceptual. painter Michael Landy (born 1963) Annika Larsson (born 1972). painter Anish Kapoor (born 1954). landscapes. artist and photographer Yayoi Kusama (born 1929). painter Edward Kienholz (born 1927). installation artist. performance. sculpture Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997) Komar and Melamid (born 1943 and 1945) Jeff Koons (born 1949) Frans Koppelaar (born 1943). sculptor On Kawara (born 1949). painter L                     David LaChapelle (born 1963). performance/public artist Ronnie Landfield (born 1947). installation artist Eduardo Kac (born 1962). video artist Wolf Kahn (born 1927). sculpture. painter Barbara Kruger (born 1949). oil paints/pastels Nabil Kanso (born 1946). conceptual artist Jonathan Keats (born 1971). installation artist Scott Kildall (born 1969). photographer Suzanne Lacy (born 1945). performance. performance. photography Bodys Isek Kingelez (born 1948). video artist Robert Lazzarini (born 1965).K                        Ilya Kabakov (born 1933). photography Zoe Leonard (born 1961).

painter Arthur Omar (born 1948). filmmaker. painter Eugene J. painter Leonard van Munster (born 1972). painter Shirin Neshat (born 1957). painter Paul McCarthy (born 1945) Allan McCollum (born 1944) Ryan McGinley (born 1977). painter Jules Olitski (1922–2007). digital artist Gabriel Orozco (born 1962). performance and body artist Roman Opałka (1931–2011). painter Markus Oehlen (born 1956). sculptor and installations Ana Mendieta (1948–1985) Thom Merrick (born 1963) Boris Mikhailov (born 1938). Yoko Ono (born 1933). Martin (1938–2005). painter N         Bruce Nauman (born 1941) Odd Nerdrum (born 1944). photographer Steve McQueen. installation artist Antoni Muntadas (born 1942) Takashi Murakami (born 1962). painter Julian Opie (born 1958). conceptual and installation artist . painter Graham Nicholls (born 1975). painter Wangechi Mutu (born 1972). painter Milovan Destil Marković (born 1957) Agnes Martin (1912–2004). sculptor and painter Daniel Ng (born 1963). painter Richard Mayhew (born 1934). painter Ted Noten (born 1956). painter Chris Ofili (born 1968). American modernist sculptor Totte Mannes (born 1933). visual artist Alexander Ney (born 1939). jewelry designer. painter and architect Haroon Mirza (born 1977) Franco Mondini-Ruiz (born 1961) Sebastian Diaz Morales (born 1975). photographer Ksenia Milicevic (born 1942). (born 1969) Cildo Meireles (born 1948). musician. video and installation artist.                           Terence Main (born 1954). photographer. painter Brice Marden (born 1938). artist Orlan (born 1947). sculptor and painter Elizabeth Murray (1940–2007). video artist Yasumasa Morimura (born 1951). conceptual and installation artist O           Albert Oehlen (born 1954). photographer Robert Morris (born 1931) Loren Munk (born 1951). installation artist Kenneth Noland (1924–2010).

painter. video and installation artist Virginia Patrone (born 1950). printmaker and filmmaker Mark Podwal (born 1945) Sigmar Polke (born 1941–2010) Larry Poons (born 1937). video artist Marc Quinn (born 1964). painter and photographer Martin Puryear (born 1941). and ceramist Jason Rhoades (1965–2006). collagist. painter. installation artist and sculptor Jesse Richards (born 1975). printmaker. painter Ken Rinaldo (born 1958). video artist Roxy Paine (born 1966). painter Simon Patterson (born 1967) Oliver Payne and Nick Relph (born 1977 and 1979). painter.P                            Nam June Paik (1932–2006). performance artist Rallé (born 1949). sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) sculptor Cornelia Parker (born 1956) Ray Parker (1922–1990). performance. sculptor R              Alessandro Raho (born 1971) Yvonne Rainer (born 1934). ceramicist. painter Jacques Pellegrin (born 1944). painter. printmaker. sculpture. painter Manuel Pereira da Silva (1920–2003). sculptor. internet and installation artist Ihor Podolchak (born 1962). sculptor Grayson Perry (born 1960) Elizabeth Peyton (born 1965). sculptor Q   Li Qing (artist) (born 1981). and new media Seund Ja Rhee (1918–2009). artist. neo-dadaist Peter Reginato (born 1945). video and installation artist Adrian Piper (born 1948). painter Ed Paschke (1939–2004) Stefano Pasquini (born 1969). sculptor Marc Rembold (born 1963). electronic installation/robotics . photographer. video artists Pedro Pedraja (born 1974). sculptor Richard Prince (born 1949). painter. conceptual artist Steven Pippin (born 1960) Philip Pocock (born 1954). artist Peter Richards (born 1970). artist Neo Rauch (born 1960). painter Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008). curator Gerhard Richter (born 1932). painter Richard Piegza (born 1954). painter William Powhida (born 1976) Kenneth Price (1935–2012).

film director Kiki Smith (born 1954) Michael Snow (born 1929). painter. printmaker Arthur Thrall (born 1926). painter Wolfgang Tillmans (born 1968). painter. interdisciplinary artist Victor Sloan (born 1945). painter Bojan Sarcevic (born 1974). installation artist. performance artist Stefanie Schneider (born 1968). photographer Thomas Schütte (born 1954). painter Julian Schnabel (born 1951). sculptor Joe Stefanelli (born 1921). painter Lorna Simpson (born 1960). sculptor Stephen Shanabrook (born 1965). printmaker. painter Ernest Ruckle (born 1940). painter Thomas Ruff (born 1958). painter Joan Snyder (born 1940). video artist. musician. painter. photographer. photographer Rirkrit Tiravanija (born 1961) . sculptor and filmmaker Carolee Schneemann (born 1939). painter and sculptor Michael Salter (born 1967) digital artist. photographer Dominique Sanson (born 1949). drawings Keith Sonnier (born 1941). sculptor Richard Serra (born 1939). painter Raymond Saunders (born 1934).     Pipilotti Rist (born 1962) James Rosenquist (born 1933). painter Jean-Michel Sanejouand (born 1934). video artist. printmaker and filmmaker S                                Anri Sala (born 1974) Chéri Samba (born 1956). sculptor Joel Shapiro (born 1941). sculptor T          Tomoko Takahashi (born 1966). painter Sam Taylor-Wood (born 1967) Diana Thater (born 1962). painter Frank Stella (born 1936). performance artist Yinka Shonibare (born 1962) Amy Sillman (born 1966). installation artist Mark Tansey (born 1949). Bob and Roberta Smith (born 1958) Jack Smith (1932–1989). mixed media artist. painter. photographer Edward Ruscha (born 1937). sculptor Cindy Sherman (born 1954). printmaker Sarah Sze (born 1969). video Paul Thek (1933–1988) Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920). painter. sculptor Arthur Sarkissian (born 1960). photographer. painter Jenny Saville (born 1970). painter Konstantia Sofokleous (born 1974). filmmaker.

postminimalist Luc Tuymans (born 1958). painter Lydia Venieri (born 1964) Bill Viola (born 1951) John Virtue (born 1947) Wolf Vostell (1932–1998) multimedia artist Peter Voulkos (1924–2002). muralist artist Israel Tsvaygenbaum (born 1961). ceramicist. sculptor. contemporary pop artist Franz West (born 1947) Rachel Whiteread (born 1963). video artist Mark Wallinger (born 1959) Suling Wang (born 1968). installation artist Helmut Tollmann (born 1945). painter Scott Treleaven (born 1975) Rosemarie Trockel (born 1952) Zoja Trofimiuk (born 1952).                Mark Titchner painter and philosopher Francisco Toledo (born 1940). video and performance artist Ai Weiwei (born 1957). installation artists Richard Wilson (born 1953). painter. painter Jane and Louise Wilson (born 1967). painter Thornton Willis (born 1936). sculptor W                  Jeff Wall (born 1946). conceptual artist Jean Wells. conceptual artist Monika Weiss (born 1964). photographer Magnus Wallin (born 1965). Russian-American artist Gavin Turk (born 1967) James Turrell (born 1943) Richard Tuttle (born 1941). sculptor Slaven Tolj (born 1964). installation artist . sculptor Jerry Wilkerson (1943–2007). performance. Chinese. pop artist Gillian Wearing (born 1963) Lawrence Weiner (born 1942). multimedia artist Keith Tyson (born 1969) U  Francis Upritchard (born 1976) V        Cybèle Varela (born 1943) Vladimír Vašíček (1919–2003). painter Cy Twombly (1928–2011). painter Jacek Tylicki (born 1951). sculptor Hannah Wilke (1940–1993). printmaker Ayako Tsuru (born 1941). installation. print maker. painter Andy Warhol (1928–1987).

installation artist Larry Zox (1936–2006). video artist Joel-Peter Witkin (born 1939). painter Z    Andrea Zittel (born 1965). painter. painter Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009). installation artist . painter X Y    Peter Young (born 1940). ink painting. photographer Francesca Woodman (1958–1981). painter Yang Maolin (born 1953). photographer Wu Guanzhong (born 1919). performance. sculptor Yatrides Georges (born 1931).     Shaun Wilson (born 1972). painter Zheng Lianjie (born 1962).