Painting and sculpture are art history's most time-honoured media. Despite a number of attempts during the twentieth century at rendering them obsolete, they remain popular.
As do the more recent media (installation, video, etc), painting and sculpture reflect their time, and today they challenge both aesthetic and more political and social issues.
The painting of the 1980s was conceptual, intellectual and frequently commented on art history and other works of art.
The artists of the 1990s adopted a radically different stance: the painting of today is expressive with figurative elements – often drawn from the artists' everyday.
Likewise with sculpture: From having an intellectual and philosophical content in the 1980s, the sculpture of the 1990s has changed towards an unpretentious and playful idiom which finds artists including everyday objects, possibly from their homes.