Anthony Mccall

1946 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Anthony Mccall is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Anthony Mccall was born in 1946. Born in the same country and around the same year are Maggi Hambling, Richard Cook and Phyllida Barlow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Anthony Mccall is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries like France, the United States, and Germany. Galleries exhibiting Anthony Mccall's work include Gallery Martine Aboucaya in France, as well as Sprüth Magers | Los Angeles and Sean Kelly Gallery in the United States. Anthony Mccall most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Sprüth Magers | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition Solo Exhibition . The exhibition was open from 22 February 2018 until 31 March 2018. Anthony Mccall's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galería Cayón | Blanca de Navarra 9 in Madrid (12 December 2019 - 28 February 2020) with the name Split Second (Mirror) and other works and Sean Kelly Gallery in New York (14 December 2018 - 26 January 2019) with the name Split Second.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated considerable wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the modern period, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 19th century, Britain became an important hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Anthony Mccall

Anthony Mccall was born in 1946 and was largely inspired by the 1960s growing up. The 1960s were an explosive decade internationally, witnessing a great increase of modernist philosophies and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the start of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the twentieth century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place across the globe. Psychedelia, an enormous increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further epitomised the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, based solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further explored some of the expressive ideas of Abstract Expressionism, but reduced much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that associated this practice with Minimalism. Around the world a number of artistic movements echoed the creative concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional specialties and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Anthony Mccall

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