Connie Samaras

1950 · United States

Artist biography

Connie Samaras is an established artist, who was born in the United States. Connie Samaras was born in 1950. Also born in the United States around 1950 and of the same generation are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Connie Samaras is represented and exhibited by CMAY GALLERY located in Los Angeles, the United States. Connie Samaras' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Post-Capitalist Tristesse at CMAY GALLERY in Los Angeles, the United States. The exhibition was open from 12 September 2019 until 04 October 2019. Connie Samaras' only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Selected Affinities, which took place at Christopher Grimes Gallery in Los Angeles, the United States (23 June 2018 - 31 August 2018).

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 asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art centre worldwide. Major art movements developed and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has cultivated a strong influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the dominion of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned 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 Connie Samaras

Born in 1950, Connie Samaras' creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a desire to evolve and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving 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 prominence, predominantly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, visiting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. Reaching the end of the 1970s, street art, emerging from graffiti, was starting to truly mesmerize the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, demonstrating that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the global extent of street art would become extremely significant, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Connie Samaras

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