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El Pulpo Mechanico, 21st Century, Landscape Photography, Contemporary
By Tao Ruspoli
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
: nothing at Burning Man is for sale, no logos are even allowed, and as soon as the festival ends, the
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2010s Contemporary Landscape Photography

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Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Color, Archival Pigment

El Pulpo Mechanico, 21st Century, Landscape Photography, Contemporary
By Tao Ruspoli
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
allowed, and as soon as the festival ends, the entire thing is swept away like a giant mandala. The rise
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2010s Contemporary Landscape Photography

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Archival Paper, Archival Ink, Color, Archival Pigment

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Bruce of L.A.Original 1950s Male Physique Photograph Model Handsome Bill Gregory
By Bruce of Los Angeles, Bruce Bellas
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Richard Thompson Stereo Cabinet or Bar by Glenn of California
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English mid-century modern vinyl record player case by His Master's Voice, 1950s
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By Michael Roberts
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Pair of Twin Beds Art Nouveau, Italy, 1890s. Hand Carved Walnut, Polished to Wax
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Mid Century Danish Magazine Rack In Teak & Natural Linen By Pbj Mobler, 1960s
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Palm Trees on Wilcox - last Edition AP 2/2 - Contemporary, Polaroid, Analog
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Palm Trees on Wilcox - Contemporary, Polaroid, Photograph, Analog
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Located in Morongo Valley, CA
Baptist for Instant Dreams Documentary coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Palm Trees on Wilcox - last Edition AP 2/2 - Contemporary, Polaroid, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
Instant Dreams Documentary coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the catalog
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Palm Trees on Wilcox - Contemporary, Polaroid, Photograph, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
Baptist for Instant Dreams Documentary coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Palm Trees on Wilcox - Contemporary, Polaroid, Photograph, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
for Instant Dreams Documentary coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the catalog
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Palm Trees on Wilcox - last Edition AP 2/2 - Contemporary, Polaroid, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
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for Instant Dreams Documentary coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the catalog
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Palm Trees on Wilcox - Contemporary, Polaroid, Photograph, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
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for Instant Dreams Documentary coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the catalog
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Palm Trees on Wilcox / Contemporary, Polaroid, Photograph, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the catalog 'Instantdreams' When did you first
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Palm Trees on Wilcox - Contemporary, Polaroid, Photograph, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
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Baptist for Instant Dreams Documentary coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Palm Trees on Wilcox - last Edition AP 2/2 - Contemporary, Polaroid, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Palm Trees on Wilcox - last Edition AP 2/2 - Contemporary, Polaroid, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
Instant Dreams Documentary coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the catalog
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Palm Trees on Wilcox - last Edition AP 2/2 - Contemporary, Polaroid, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
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stand still, and the act of watching the image develop can be shared with the people around you. It
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Polaroid, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color

The Boy's King Arthur
By Newell Convers Wyeth
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depictions of cowboys, pioneers, and Native Americans from the Old West, by the 1910s, he began imaging
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1910s Figurative Paintings

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Palm Trees on Wilcox - last Edition AP 2/2 - Contemporary, Polaroid, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
for Instant Dreams Documentary coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the catalog
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Henry watching Athena dance I - with Ryan Gosling in the movie Stay - Proof
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
' directed by Marc Forster. She also created the art for several dream sequences and the end credit sequence
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Early 2000s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Henry watching Athena dance II with Ryan Gosling in the movie Stay - Proof
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
' directed by Marc Forster. She also created the art for several dream sequences and the end credit sequence
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Early 2000s Contemporary Color Photography

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Color, Polaroid, Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print

Henry watching Athena dance II with Ryan Gosling in the movie Stay - Proof
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
' directed by Marc Forster. She also created the art for several dream sequences and the end credit sequence
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Early 2000s Contemporary Color Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Color, Photographic Paper, C Print, Polaroid

Palm Trees on Wilcox - last Edition AP 2/2 - Contemporary, Polaroid, Analog
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
Baptist for Instant Dreams Documentary coming out at the end of the year 2017. published in the the
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1990s Contemporary Color Photography

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Limited Edition Panza Collection poster
By Mark Rothko
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El Pulpo Mechanico, 21st Century, Landscape Photography, Contemporary
By Tao Ruspoli
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
: nothing at Burning Man is for sale, no logos are even allowed, and as soon as the festival ends, the
Category

2010s Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Color, Archival Pigment

El Pulpo Mechanico, 21st Century, Landscape Photography, Contemporary
By Tao Ruspoli
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
: nothing at Burning Man is for sale, no logos are even allowed, and as soon as the festival ends, the
Category

2010s Contemporary Landscape Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Color, Archival Pigment

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A Close Look at contemporary Art

Used to refer to a time rather than an aesthetic, Contemporary art generally describes pieces created after 1970 or being made by living artists anywhere in the world. This immediacy means it encompasses art responding to the present moment through diverse subjects, media and themes. Contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, performance, digital art, video and more frequently includes work that is attempting to reshape current ideas about what art can be, from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s use of candy to memorialize a lover he lost to AIDS-related complications to Jenny Holzer’s ongoing “Truisms,” a Conceptual series that sees provocative messages printed on billboards, T-shirts, benches and other public places that exist outside of formal exhibitions and the conventional “white cube” of galleries.

Contemporary art has been pushing the boundaries of creative expression for years. Its disruption of the traditional concepts of art are often aiming to engage viewers in complex questions about identity, society and culture. In the latter part of the 20th century, contemporary movements included Land art, in which artists like Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer create large-scale, site-specific sculptures, installations and other works in soil and bodies of water; Sound art, with artists such as Christian Marclay and Susan Philipsz centering art on sonic experiences; and New Media art, in which mass media and digital culture inform the work of artists such as Nam June Paik and Rafaël Rozendaal.

The first decades of the 21st century have seen the growth of Contemporary African art, the revival of figurative painting, the emergence of street art and the rise of NFTs, unique digital artworks that are powered by blockchain technology.

Major Contemporary artists practicing now include Ai Weiwei, Cecily Brown, David Hockney, Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Kara Walker.

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The first permanent image created by a camera — which materialized during the 1820s — is attributed to Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The French inventor was on to something for sure. Kodak introduced roll film in the 1880s, allowing photography to become more democratic, although cameras wouldn’t be universally accessible until several decades later. 

Digital photographic techniques, software, smartphone cameras and social-networking platforms such as Instagram have made it even easier in the modern era for budding photographers to capture the world around them as well as disseminate their images far and wide. 

What might leading figures of visual art such as Andy Warhol have done with these tools at their disposal?

Today, when we aren’t looking at the digital photos that inundate us on our phones, we look to the past to celebrate the photographers who have broken rules as well as records — provocative and prolific artists like Horst P. Horst, Lillian Bassman and Helmut Newton, who altered the face of fashion and portrait photography; visionary documentary photographers such as Gordon Parks, whose best-known work was guided by social justice; and pioneers of street photography such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, who shot for revolutionary travel magazines like Holiday with the likes of globetrotting society lensman Slim Aarons.

Find photographers you may not know in Introspective and The Study — where you’ll read about Berenice Abbott, who positioned herself atop skyscrapers for the perfect shot, or “conceptual artist-adventurer” Charles Lindsay, whose work combines scientific rigor with artistic expression, or Massimo Listri, known for his epic interiors of opulent Old World libraries. Photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron was given a Kodak camera as a child. Later, she shot on Polaroid film before buying her first 35mm camera in her teens. Barron's stunning portraits of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Warhol and other artists chronicle a crucial chapter of New York’s cultural history.

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