(Encyclopedia) contemporary art, the art of the late 20th cent. and early 21st cent., both an outgrowth and a rejection of modern art. As the force and vigor of abstract expressionism diminished, new? (Encyclopedia) postmodernism, term used to designate a multitude of trends?in the arts, philosophy, religion, technology, and many other areas?that come after and deviate from the many 20th-cent.? (Encyclopedia) modern art, art created from the 19th cent. to the mid-20th cent. by artists who veered away from the traditional concepts and techniques of painting, sculpture, and other fine arts?