Bob Thompson

1937 · United States

Artist biography

Bob Thompson is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in the United States. Bob Thompson was born in 1937. Born in the same country and around the same year are Yoko Ono, Jim Dine, Eva Hesse, Joan Jonas, Frank Stella and Ed Ruscha.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Bob Thompson's work is on display at Hollis Taggart Galleries located in New York, the United States. Bob Thompson's work has most recently been exhibited at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York (03 February 2020 until 27 March 2020) with the exhibition Paper Power. Bob Thompson's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York (03 January 2020 - 08 February 2020) with the name Post and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York (15 October 2019 - 16 November 2019) with the name Shadows. Bob Thompson's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called IT'S PERSONAL and took place at Edward Ressle Gallery in New York, the United States from the 02 May 2018 to 13 July 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, in particular New York city, endures as a focal 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 multinational and highly influential art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city thrived in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has provided the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that blossomed in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants 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 Bob Thompson

Bob Thompson was born in 1937 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that studied notions of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. A number of artists concentrated on the formal properties of painting, and action painting was influenced by the political freedom of the United States, as opposed to the strict limitations of the Soviet bloc. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to acknowledge the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Bob Thompson

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