Donald Martiny

1953 · United States

Artist biography

Donald Martiny is an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Donald Martiny was born in 1953. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Donald Martiny is represented and exhibited by Galleri Urbane | Dallas in the United States. Donald Martiny's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Distant Snapshots at Galleri Urbane | Dallas in the United States. The exhibition was open from 06 September 2019 until 04 October 2019. Donald Martiny's only other exhibition is Epistrophy, which took place at Galleri Urbane | Dallas in the United States (13 October 2018 - 10 November 2018).

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most important art centre in the world. Leading art movements established and fostered in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a strong influence over the worldwide visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of critically acclaimed U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Donald Martiny

Donald Martiny was born in 1953 and was primarily influenced by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that ensued were all characteristic of a strong desire to progress and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre reclaimed its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The majority of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-cultural activity that no other visual artist of such standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. Across the globe, various movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the innovative radical philosophies it occasioned strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also gained critical and commercial success. The critical, prominent artistic figures of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

Donald Martiny