Dan Graham

1942 · United States

Artist biography

Dan Graham is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in the United States. Dan Graham was born in 1942. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Chuck Close, Dale Chihuly, Bruce Nauman, James Turrell and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Dan Graham's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Austria, and Belgium. Some of those galleries are Marian Goodman Gallery | London, Lisson Gallery | London, and Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom. Dan Graham's work are exhibited at the exhibition, (Self)Portraits at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland. The exhibition is currently open and closes on the 18 July 2020. Dan Graham's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Overwrite (12 March 2020 - 08 April 2020) at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York and By / Buy Me (05 December 2019 - 24 January 2020) at Susan Inglett Gallery in New York. Dan Graham's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called JUMP and took place at Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen, Denmark from the 01 June 2017 to 11 August 2017.

Dan Graham in private collections

Roberto Toscano on Artland includes Dan Graham's works, as well as other works produced by prominent figures of the Art world, such as Won Sou-Yeol, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Miriam Tölke.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly thought of as the most significant art centre worldwide. Leading art movements established and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a strong influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the hegemony 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 Dan Graham

Dan Graham was born in 1942 and was largely influenced by the 1960s growing up. The 1960s were a sensational decade internationally, bearing witness to great increase of modernist ideas and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the start of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the twentieth century, and was characterised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place across the globe. Psychedelia, an massive increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further defined the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, based solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The main figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further developed some of the expressive notions of Abstract Expressionism, but stripped away much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that related this practice to Minimalism. Globally, many artistic movements resonated the creative concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional fortes and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni developed Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their distinctive approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Dan Graham

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