Al Held

1928 · United States

Artist biography

Al Held is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in the United States. Al Held was born in 1928. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Knox Martin, Michael Goldberg, Michael Goldberg, Robert Rauschenberg and Allan Kaprow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Al Held's work is available on display in multiple galleries listed on Artland. Some of those galleries are Loretta Howard Gallery, Hollis Taggart Galleries, and Craig F. Starr Gallery in New York, the United States. Al Held most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at White Cube | Hong Kong in China with the exhibition Modern Maverick. The exhibition was open from 21 November 2019 until 10 January 2020. Al Held's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Specific Forms (22 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) at Loretta Howard Gallery in New York and In Honor of the New MoMA (20 November 2019 - 28 February 2020) at Cheim & Read in New York. Al Held's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Spheres Of Influence and took place at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery in New York, the United States from the 13 September 2018 to 27 October 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The US, particularly New York city, remains as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new multinational and highly influential art centre came to be in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art centre. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that blossomed in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Al Held

Al Held was born in 1928 and was primarily influenced by the 1950s. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Al Held

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