Toward a global culture 1970-the present: Beuys, Hirst, Hadid and more. Community Questions A beginner's guide to contemporary art Identity, the body and the subversion of Modernism Artists deconstruct social identity and examine the body as a cultural subject. Conceptual and Performance art Does art need to be a physical thing, an object made of stone or canvas? Could art be an idea enacted, a process, or an environment inhabited and transformed? Global modernisms in the 21st century Culture, like capitalism, is increasingly global. Artists work internationally and no single city is now the center of the art world. Istanbul, Beijing, Bogotá, Beirut, Lagos, and São Paulo all support thriving communities of artists.