Trend: Collage Art
Collage art is something we can all relate to—Many of us first experimented with it as youngsters, creating humble masterpieces for family and friends with scissors, pages from old magazines or newspapers, and glue. Far less humble masterpieces have been created by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and many more famous collage artists who have followed in their distinguished footsteps. But what is collage art today?
The term comes from the French papiers collés (glued paper). While some people trace collage back to the invention of paper (in China, in 200 BC) or to 10th-century Japan (when calligraphers applied glued paper to surfaces when writing poetry), Picasso and Braque are credited with bringing the art form into the modern age.
Dadaists and surrealists found collage right up their alley: What better way for Dadaists to express a rejection of logic and an embrace of chaos? For surrealists to explore the spaces between dream and reality, to allow the unconscious to express itself?
Part of the beauty of collage is its flexibility: It can employ many different media, including painting and drawing, paper, photomontage, wood, mosaic—and of course, today, digital media. Artists draw inspiration from many sources, too. Scroll down to enjoy a sampling of the work of contemporary collage artists.