Barbara Kasten

1936 · United States

Artist biography

Barbara Kasten is an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Barbara Kasten was born in 1936. Also born in the United States around 1936 and of the same generation are Knox Martin, Michael Goldberg, Michael Goldberg, Robert Rauschenberg and Allan Kaprow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Barbara Kasten is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Barbara Kasten's work include Thomas Dane Gallery in the United Kingdom, Thomas Dane Gallery | Naples in Italy, as well as Bortolami Gallery in the United States. Barbara Kasten most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Chart Gallery in New York (08 November 2019 until 18 January 2020) with the exhibition After Virginia. Barbara Kasten's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Bortolami Gallery in the United States (27 June 2019 - 08 August 2019) with the name CONSTRUCTS 1981-1982 and Simon Lee | New York in the United States (26 June 2019 - 15 August 2019) with the name Studio Photography: 1887–2019, 2019. Barbara Kasten's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Kinship and took place at Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco, the United States from the 19 July 2018 to 31 August 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously considered as the most important art centre worldwide. Major art movements established and cultivated in important 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 various post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has cultivated a strong influence upon the worldwide visual culture, due to the authority 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 Barbara Kasten

Born in 1936, Barbara Kasten was largely influenced by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and explored 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 unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Important 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, though necessary reassessment of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Barbara Kasten

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