1974 · United States
Derek Fordjour is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United States, like other prominent artists such as Peter Southerland, Ripple, Jeffrey, Charles Petit, Carl C. Preussl, and Michael Bell-Smith. Derek Fordjour was born in 1974.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Derek Fordjour's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries like Italy and the United States. Some of those galleries are Luce Gallery in Turin, Night Gallery in Los Angeles, and Petzel | W 18th Street in New York. Derek Fordjour's work has most recently been exhibited at Josh Lilley in London (03 October 2019 until 16 November 2019) with the exhibition In Memoriam (Installation). Derek Fordjour's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; The House Always Wins (03 October 2019 - 15 November 2019) at Josh Lilley in London and Stains on a Decade (05 June 2019 - 02 August 2019) at Josh Lilley in London. Derek Fordjour's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Fun House and took place at Josh Lilley in London, the United Kingdom from the 05 July 2018 to 10 August 2018.
Derek Fordjour in private collections
Historical Context of United States
The United States, particularly New York city, remains as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new multinational and highly influential art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city thrived in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art centre. The predominance of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern sphere has granted the country with a prevailing 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 blossomed in the US. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations 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 Derek Fordjour
Derek Fordjour was born in 1974 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.