Cleve Gray

1918 · United States

Artist biography

Cleve Gray is seen as an established artist, who was born in the United States. Cleve Gray was born in 1918. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Dorothea Tanning, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Cleve Gray's work is available on display in Loretta Howard Gallery and Hollis Taggart Galleries in New York, the United States. Cleve Gray most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Loretta Howard Gallery in New York (27 March 2019 until 26 April 2019) with the exhibition THE HAWAIIAN PAINTINGS. Cleve Gray's only other exhibition is ABSTRACTED CALLIGRAPHIES, which took place at Loretta Howard Gallery in New York, the United States (22 June 2017 - 11 August 2017).

Historical Context of United States

The United States, particularly New York city, remains as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art capital. The authority 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 reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as alternative 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 Cleve Gray

Cleve Gray was born in 1918 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. Artistic output in the United States was heavily impacted at the time by the Great Depression, and a number of artists took to focusing on ideas of humbleness and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to explore into political subjects and attempted to use their art to impact society. Topics including poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were prevalent in many artists’ work.

Cleve Gray