Given the experimental nature of contemporary art, cartography may not seem like the most avant-garde practice. However, many of today’s top creatives are transforming the ancient art of mapmaking into a mesmerizing modern art form. Here, we explore several pieces that illustrate this innovative approach to maps.
From minimalist graphics and animated drawings to grid-based jewelry and jackets, contemporary interpretations of the humble map are as eclectic as the locations that inspire them. Similarly, subjects explored in these works span cities, countries, continents, and even the entire globe, showcasing a variety of sites around the world through an artistic and undeniably modern lens. By celebrating and presenting these destinations in their work, artists elevate cartography into the contemporary art realm, quite literally putting it on the map!
See a stunning selection of modern map art below.