Conor Backman

1988 · United States

Artist biography

Conor Backman is considered to be an emerging artist, who originates from the United States, like other artists such as Glen Hansen, Brendan Smith, Stephen Mueller, Jamian Juliano-Villani, and Michael Lundgren. Conor Backman was born in 1988.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Conor Backman's work is on display in two galleries, which are LVL3 in Chicago, the United States and Goucher College Art Galleries in Baltimore, the United States. Conor Backman most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Sardine in New York with the exhibition The Mushroom Show. The exhibition was open from 04 September 2019 until 02 November 2019.

Conor Backman in private collections

On Artland Conor Backman's artworks can be found in the collection of Alejandro Jassan and Andrea Festa Fine Art, who for instance also has works by other artists including Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Qafar Rzayev, and Choi Jun Kun.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art centre internationally. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in extensive 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 various post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has cultivated a strong influence over the global visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important 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 Conor Backman

Born in 1988, Conor Backman was primarily influenced by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a controversial public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a leading idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this idea.

Conor Backman

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 1

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