April Gornik

1953 · United States

Artist biography

April Gornik is regarded as a well established artist, who was born in the United States. April Gornik was born in 1953. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

Galleries and Exhibitions

April Gornik's work is available on display in several galleries recorded on Artland. Some of those galleries are Miles McEnery Gallery I 520 and DANESE/COREY in New York, and Crown Point Press in San Francisco. April Gornik is at the moment exhibiting at Miles McEnery Gallery I 525 in New York with the exhibition Solo exhibition (20 February 2020 - 28 March 2020). April Gornik's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; LX Arts in New York (10 October 2019 - 21 February 2020) with the name ON THE TURN: SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION OF EMILY FISHER LANDAU and Crown Point Press in San Francisco (08 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) with the name Crown Point Press in the ’80s.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously considered as the most significant art centre globally. Major art movements established and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a strong influence over the worldwide visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 April Gornik

April Gornik was born in 1953 and was primarily inspired by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art scene, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate throughout the next decade.

April Gornik