Contemporary art is art produced after 1946 up until this present day. It seems to overlap modern art as modern art did not necessarily diminish until later on. For example, Jeff Koons would be considered a contemporary artist because he has been producing art after 1946, in our lifetime. Of course, with every time period, new art ideas will almost always receive backlash from the media and may be considered “shocking”. For example, in 2015 when Sacramento was set to erect an $8 million public sculpture (Coloring Book) by  HYPERLINK "http://www.artnet.com/artists/jeff-koons/" \t "_blank" Jeff Koons outside its new basketball arena, not everyone was a fan of the plan. It was intended to capture a child\'s ecstatic enjoyment of the world, but other artists and critics had mentioned that it does not feel inspired by the movement that created the arena and it does not represent our city or where it\'s going. Many do not seem to see the enjoyment he is portraying in his work, much like his “Balloon Dog”. Not only do we see this backlash in this period of contemporary art, but also in previous periods of art, such as post impressionism (modern art). Paul Gauguin’s “Self Portrait with Halo and Snake” (1889) caused quite a stir due to Gauguin representing himself as a saint, or saint-like, by including a halo above his head. Of course throughout the decades art has constantly been changing due to the technological advances and the changes that have been made in society as well; art is always responding to real things. Paul Gauguin’s “Self-portrait with Halo and Snake” was influenced by  HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukiyo-e" \o "Ukiyo-e" Japanese wood-block prints and  HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloisonnism" \o "Cloisonnism" cloisonnism, completed several years after he had visited Tahiti. HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-Portrait_with_Halo_and_Snake" \l "cite_note-conisbee-14"  In the painting, Gauguin wears the saffron colored robe of a Buddhist monk, perhaps influenced by Van Gogh\'s earlier Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin (1888). During that time period, art was heavily influenced by Japanese prints and the impression other artists had left behind in their paintings to inspire other artists in the future. In this current period of contemporary art, Jeff Koons’ art is inspired by popular culture subjects and reproductions of banal objects; “Balloon dog” made from stainless steel with a transparent colour coating. His piece that was supposedly meant to be displayed outside the basketball arena was influenced by the enjoyment a child possesses in such simple things in life, much like his other art pieces such as his giant balloon figures. As mentioned before, both artists have received backlash and controversy for their artwork and it is safe to say that almost every artist should expect some sort of a backlash for their art in any time period or context. Art is never perfect and never will be perfect; others may see your artwork differently than you do and interpret its meaning differently than intended. Therefore, although some viewers may be able to have a certain likeness to an artist’s artwork, the piece will never gain full acceptance of its entire audience. Some art can be appreciated in hindsight as a comment of that time period. Paul Gauguin’s self-portrait may have created backlash in his time period, but as we intellectually study its meaning and the influence of the piece, we can determine the intentions he or other artists had during that time period. Many people often find Jeff Koons’ art quite odd, such as his sculpture “Coloring Book” and “Balloon Dog”, but in the next time period of art, they may look back and study its meaning and intentions, predicting the motives he and possibly other artists had during that time period. Jeff Koons is a great example of a contemporary artist who intends to show the simplest pleasures in life through his artwork, allowing anyone to understand its simplicity and enjoy every moment of it.
Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog”
Paul Gauguin “Self Portrait with Halo and Snake”