Alice Aycock

1946 · United States

Artist biography

Alice Aycock is seen as an established artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Alice Aycock was born in 1946. Born in the same country and around the same year are Chuck Close, Dale Chihuly, Bruce Nauman, James Turrell and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Alice Aycock is represented and exhibited by two galleries, which are Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami, the United States and Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin, Germany. Alice Aycock most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Marlborough Contemporary | New York in the United States with the exhibition Works from the 1980s / Conceptual Photography. The exhibition was open from 27 January 2020 until 28 February 2020. Alice Aycock's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Early Works - Alice Aycock (28 September 2018 - 16 November 2018) at Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin and Twister Grande (Tall) (26 April 2019 - 28 June 2019) at Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin.

Historical Context of United States

The US, particularly New York city, endures as a central point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub came to be in the post war era, and the city thrived in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art capital. 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 significant art movements that blossomed in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed 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 Alice Aycock

Born in 1946, Alice Aycock was predominantly inspired by the 1960s. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s epitomize an extremely influential era which generated a significant number of breaks and questioned the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, events such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever influence generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society followed, with revolutionary values and movements emerging in a cradle of innovation. Honesty and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly composed of polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. The very first blossoming of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in denying all pre-existing conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to achieve by elevating popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally seduced by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide fame through their depiction of the human form and the lament often linked to the human condition. globally, an important number of art movements resounded with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni initiated Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group embraced similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Alice Aycock