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Contemporary Art Highlights

Dating from the 1950s to the present, the Smart Museum's contemporary collection embraces the full range of media used by living artists, from painting to video. Emphasizing European and American art—with a focus on Chicago—it has expanded to encompass Asian art—with a focus on China. It showcases the persistence of figurative traditions, the emergence of idea- and process-based art, and artists' strategies for addressing the pressing issues of their time.