Benjamin King

United States

Artist biography

Benjamin King is a visual artist, who was born in the the United States, like other well-known artists such as Lois Field, Brian Gilmartin, Gregory Siff, Len Prince, and Jessie Homer French.

About Benjamin King's works

Benjamin King's work is characteristic of the fields of Abstraction, Expressionism and Conceptual. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, many artists were hoping for a change that would allow art to be more reflective of the transitions in society happening at the time. Abstract art therefore indicates a desire to break free from the more classical depictions of reality, in which artists were constrained. With the use of geometrical shapes, colours and gestural elements, artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques were able to lay the foundations for what would become an essential branch of modern art. With abstract art, objects and figures are simplified, schematised, which can arguably provide the viewer with a more spiritual experience, since the focus is not put on the material world, but represents an invitation to delve into reflection.

Expressionism first came to be as a reaction to French Impressionism, and principally developed from 1905 to 1920. More than just an art movement, it is considered as an international current that embraces a variety of fields spanning from literature to art. The highest concept in Expressionist paintings is to alter reality, as to vigorously depict the subjectivity of the artist. Expressionist artists were trying to convey their emotions with the use of spontaneous brushwork, textural elements and distorted figures, which would gradually progress towards Abstraction. Expressionism can be also be seen as a reaction to industrialisation and modernisation which undoubtedly brought about feelings of alienation and isolation, as depicted in Edvard’s Munch painting The Scream. Prominent figures of the genre include Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky.

Conceptual art emerged as an art movement in the 1960s, critiquing the previously ruling modernist movement and its focus on the aesthetic. The term is often used to refer to art from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. In Conceptualism, the idea or concept behind the work of art became more important than the actual technical skill or aesthetic. Conceptual artists used whichever materials and forms were most appropriate to get their ideas across. This resulted in a variety of different types of artworks that could look like almost anything – from performance to writing, to everyday objects. The artists explored the possibilities of art-as-idea and art-as-knowledge, using linguistic, mathematical, and process-oriented dimensions of thought as well as invisible system and processes for their productions.

Benjamin King's Gallery representation

Benjamin King is represented by Freight + Volume in New York, the United States.

Currently, Benjamin King has a total of three artworks for sale at Artland.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the development 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 powerful art hub internationally. Major art movements developed and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a strong influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the dominion of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important 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.

Benjamin King

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