Brett Weston

1911 · United States

Artist biography

Brett Weston is an established artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Brett Weston was born in 1911. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Dorothea Tanning, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston.

About Brett Weston's works

Brett Weston's work is illustrative of the fields of Figuration and Conceptual. Figurative art can merely be understood as art that contains strong references to the real world, or to the human figure. Often considered as the polar opposite of Abstraction, figurative art can nonetheless remain incredibly stimulating and ground-breaking, since it involves a significant number of opportunities to represent the chosen object or figure. The variety of style in figurative art is immense, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.

For a conceptual artist, the artwork needs to break free from any sort of traditional representation of what is art, and invite the viewer to enter a world of ideas and concepts, detached from the material reality. Indeed, the essence of Conceptualism lies in the fact that the idea behind the artwork has significantly more importance than the completed artwork itself. As a defined movement, Conceptualism first emerged in the late 1960s, with figures such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. The most revolutionary feature of Conceptual Art is that the artwork can take the form of anything, from writings to performances, to a derived use of everyday objects - the boundaries of art are thus shifting, the tradition is critiqued. Conceptualism has been, and still remains, subject to controversy and debate, due to its tendency to provoke the audience. As a contemporary movement, is it often used as a medium to defy institutions, societal structures and political systems.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Brett Weston's work is available on display in several galleries around the globe such as in the United Kingdom and the United States. Galleries include Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, Steven Kasher Gallery in New York, and Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco. Brett Weston's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles (22 February 2020 - 21 August 2020) with the name The Master Print and Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco (31 July 2019 - 19 September 2019) with the name New Beginnings: California.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly considered as the most significant art centre worldwide. Leading art movements established and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse 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 iterations of these many types. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a strong influence over the global visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political institutions. 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.

Further Biographical Context for Brett Weston

Brett Weston was born in 1911 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1930s growing up. on a global scale this period can be best characterised by the clash between the world’s foremost political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. The era assumed a sinister turn with the dawn of National Socialism in Germany, and Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The decade would conclude in the inset on the Second World War; a political and social tumult that preoccupied not only artists, but great swathes of the global population.

Brett Weston

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