Christopher Woodcock

1975 · United States

Artist biography

Christopher Woodcock is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United States, like other renowned artists such as Douglas Tausik Ryder, David Henderson, Michael Pellew, Howard Finster, and Anne Clevenger. Christopher Woodcock was born in 1975.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Christopher Woodcock is represented and exhibited by Benrubi Gallery in New York, the United States. Christopher Woodcock's work has most recently been exhibited at Austin / Desmond Fine Art in London (19 November 2019 until 23 January 2020) with the exhibition Land Matters.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously considered as the most powerful art centre in the world. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse 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 period, the United States has exercised a powerful influence over the worldwide visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of critically acclaimed U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 Christopher Woodcock

Christopher Woodcock was born in 1975 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse collective of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most famous member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as shown in the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Christopher Woodcock

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