Carrie Mae Weems

1953 · United States

Artist biography

Carrie Mae Weems is seen as an established artist, who was born in the United States. Carrie Mae Weems was born in 1953. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Carrie Mae Weems' work, including galleries in countries like Italy, the United States, and Germany. Galleries include Spazio Damiani in Bologna, as well as Jack Shainman Gallery | West 20th Street and Jack Shainman Gallery | West 24th Street in New York. Carrie Mae Weems most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Rubber Factory in New York (11 July 2018 until 02 September 2018) with the exhibition Women in Colo(u)r. Carrie Mae Weems' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Orientation The Racial Imaginary Institute Biennial (28 June 2018 - 10 August 2018) at Jack Shainman Gallery | West 20th Street in New York and WOMEN IN COLOUR (01 August 2017 - 01 September 2017) at Rubber Factory in New York. Carrie Mae Weems' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called POWER and took place at Sprüth Magers | Berlin in Germany from the 29 March 2017 to 10 June 2017.

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 succeeded in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art centre. The predominance of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern sphere has granted 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 influential art movements that flourished in the US. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations 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 Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems was born in 1953 and was predominantly influenced by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a wish to grow and strengthen itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art emerged by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York persisted as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who held a strong interest in the European ideologies of phenomenology, allied with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the boundaries between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they intended to give life to artworks that would accentuate the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Carrie Mae Weems

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