Brian Calvin

1969 · United States

Artist biography

Brian Calvin is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United States. Brian Calvin was born in 1969. Artists Kara Walker, Jason Rhoades, Ellen Gallagher, Andrea Zittel, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt and Jean Michel Basquiat are of the same generation and same country as Brian Calvin.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Brian Calvin's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the United States. Galleries exhibiting Brian Calvin's work include Corvi-Mora in the United Kingdom, Almine Rech Gallery | Brussels in Belgium, and Anton Kern Gallery in the United States. Brian Calvin most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Corvi-Mora in London with the exhibition Major Minor. The exhibition was open from 26 April 2017 until 27 May 2017. Brian Calvin's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Almine Rech in Shanghai (09 January 2020 - 10 April 2020) with the name Sound and Galerie Laurent Strouk in Paris (15 March 2018 - 13 April 2018) with the name VARIA. . Brian Calvin's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Major Minor and took place at Corvi-Mora in London, the United Kingdom from the 26 April 2017 to 27 May 2017.

Brian Calvin in private collections

On Artland, Brian Calvin's works can be seen in several Collections, including Jimenez -Colon Collection and Robert Mollers. These also feature works from other critically-acclaimed artists such as Willy Spiller, Jason Martin, and Michael Staniak.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly thought of as the most important art hub in the world. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence over the global visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political structures. Key examples of critically acclaimed 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 Brian Calvin

Brian Calvin was born in 1969 and was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Brian Calvin

  • Artworks in Collections 5
  • Exhibitions 10

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