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Fine or visual arts is one of Wikipedia’s comparatively weakest subject areas and content about contemporary art, in particular, is scarce. Many potential ‘expert’ contributors – artists, theorists, critics, etc. seem to want to use Wikipedia, but in a manner that tends to conflict with its encyclopaedic function and neutral point of view.
At the time of writing, entries on contemporary art tend to be stubby, inaccurate, and to have sections put in that seem to be motivated heavily by an anti-postmodernist or anti-academic slant. It is not our goal to ignore the controversy that still surrounds contemporary art, but to help collect that controversy in coherent sections of relevant articles on general topics within postmodernism, and to give a sense of the larger debate. Ideally, resources on contemporary art within Wikipedia will be useful both for a generalist who is seeking to better understand contemporary work in the humanities, and by, say, a first year graduate student looking for a resource to help stay afloat in an intro theory class. To this end, we need contributors ranging from people working professionally in the field of contemporary art to laymen who can point out that we've descended into hopeless jargon.