Donald Sultan

1952 · United States

Artist biography

Donald Sultan is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Donald Sultan was born in 1952. Born in the same country and around the same year are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Donald Sultan's work is available on display in 9 galleries around the globe, such as in Finland, Italy, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki, Galerie Piece Unique in Paris, as well as Eduardo Secci Contemporary in Florence. Donald Sultan is exhibited at the exhibition, Black and White and Color New Works at Galerie Andres Thalmann in Zurich, Switzerland. The exhibition is currently open and closes on the 25 April 2020. Donald Sultan's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Artists of the Gallery – Part 2 (07 December 2018 - 01 March 2019) at Galerie Andres Thalmann in Zurich and Button Down Modernism (20 January 2017 - 22 April 2017) at Galerie Andres Thalmann in Zurich. Donald Sultan's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Button Down Modernism and took place at Galerie Andres Thalmann in Zurich, Switzerland from the 20 January 2017 to 22 April 2017.

Donald Sultan in private collections

Donald Sultan's art can be found on Artland in the following collection: Robert Mollers. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Sarah Derat, Philipp Keel, and Michele Gabriele.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, especially New York city, endures as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly powerful art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art capital. The authority of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a powerful 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 emerged in the United States. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the modern 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 Donald Sultan

Donald Sultan was born in 1952 and was predominantly inspired by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to evolve and reinforce itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its prominence, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained greatly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, secured his reputation as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who showed a strong interest in the European ideologies of phenomenology, allied with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the frontiers between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they intended to create life to artworks that would emphasize the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Donald Sultan

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 8

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