Ellen Gallagher

1965 · United States

Artist biography

Ellen Gallagher is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Ellen Gallagher was born in 1965. Also born in the United States around 1965 and of the same generation are Kara Walker, Jason Rhoades, Ellen Gallagher, Andrea Zittel, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ellen Gallagher's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom, as well as Hauser & Wirth | Zurich and Gagosian | Geneva in Switzerland. Ellen Gallagher's work has most recently been exhibited at Gagosian | Paris in France (04 June 2019 until 26 July 2019) with the exhibition Solo Exhibition. Ellen Gallagher's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; (Self)Portraits (22 February 2020 - 18 July 2020) at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland and POWER (29 March 2017 - 10 June 2017) at Sprüth Magers | Berlin in Germany.

Ellen Gallagher in private collections

Ellen Gallagher's art can be found on Artland in the following collection: Edwin Visser. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Mar Hernández, Hur Kyung-Ae, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

Historical Context of United States

The US, particularly New York city, endures as a focal 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 powerful art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art capital. The predominance of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern sphere 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 significant art movements that emerged in the US. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished 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 Ellen Gallagher

Born in 1965, Ellen Gallagher was largely inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a tumultuous time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Ellen Gallagher

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