Alex Paik

1981 · United States

Artist biography

Alex Paik is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United States, like other famous artists such as Daniel Gerwin, Suzanne Schweig Langsdorf Martyl, William Anderson Coffin, Grace O'Connor, and Kristin Lucas. Alex Paik was born in 1981.


Alex Paik's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Flat Files at OyG: 2020 at Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York, the United States. The exhibition was open from 10 January 2020 until 18 January 2020. Alex Paik's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York (02 January 2020 - 04 January 2020) with the name Far x Wide, Young Space, and Art Start and Transmitter in New York (21 November 2019 - 14 December 2019) with the name Under Time of Lampshades. Alex Paik's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Alex Paik: Stretto and took place at Trestle Gallery in New York, the United States from the 07 September 2018 to 22 September 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art hub internationally. Leading art movements established and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has cultivated a prevailing influence over the international visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Alex Paik

Alex Paik was born in 1981 and was largely influenced by the 1990s growing up. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet commercial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as shown in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Alex Paik

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