Gasper J. Ruffolo

1908 · United States

Artist biography

Gasper J. Ruffolo is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United States. Gasper J. Ruffolo was born in 1908. Also born in the United States around 1908 and of the same generation are Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning and Ansel Adams.

Gasper J. Ruffolo's Gallery representation

Gasper J. Ruffolo is represented and exhibited by Richard Norton Gallery in Chicago, the United States.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly considered as the most significant art hub internationally. Leading art movements established and fostered in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a strong influence over the visual culture of the World, due to the dominion of its economic and political systems. 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 Gasper J. Ruffolo

Born in 1908, Gasper J. Ruffolo was primarily inspired by the 1920s. Key artistic developments that had been established in the earlier part of the 20th century continued to be matured during the 1920s and 1930s. During this period the careers of many inspiring and pioneering artists began to blossom, yet at the same time there was an atmosphere of consideration and solemnity following the horrors of the First World War. Major shifts in politics were taking place worldwide, and Marxism took a strong hold as an ideology within artist groups and communities. Due to its cultural importance, Surrealism spread as an ideology on an international scale, and became the most prominent theme of the pictorial arts in the 1920s. The Bauhaus movement developed during this time and concentrated on a unification of all modes of art, working towards the idea of the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. The liberal politics of the Weimar Republic in Germany empowered this movement to blossom and grow and develop further.

Gasper J. Ruffolo

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