Magazine

10 contemporary works to see now

Some local art museums are beefing up their collections and others are staging more ambitious exhibits.

For decades, Boston was a backwater when it came to contemporary art. Now, however, some local museums are beefing up their collections of 21st-century works and others are staging more ambitious exhibits. What makes art contemporary? It’s not simply a matter of timing. Today’s art reflects today’s society. Here are 10 of the best new works on view in these parts this summer.

Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.