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Everybody Wants to Rule the World

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Smithsonian Magazine recently published a list of “40 Things You Need to Know About the Next 40 Years”. Nestled between predictions of scientific breakthroughs and political triumphs is an article written by Hirshhorn Museum Director, Richard Koshalek, which delves into the future of contemporary art.

Koshalek believes that by 2050, artists will play an even larger part in society. Technology will become more and more important in the arts, as a way of creating new art forms, reaching wider audiences, and influencing change.


We will see new types of artists emerging as technology evolves. This does not mean, however, that established forms of expression will be abandoned. Artists working in painting and sculpture will adapt to the changing artistic environment, which fosters increased creativity.


Technology will broaden the audience for art. We will see greater accessibility and communication between artists and their audiences. Koshalek also encourages artists to take a greater role in social decision-making and change–to use their creative minds for the greater good.


Koshalek’s predictions for art in the next 40 years are extremely hopeful. How do you think technology will change art? Where do you see art going in the next 40 years?

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