Gene Davis

1920 · United States

Artist biography

Gene Davis is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Gene Davis was born in 1920. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Lee Mullican, Agnes Martin, Dorothea Tanning, Philip Guston and Robert Motherwell.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Gene Davis' work is available on viewing in Hollis Taggart Galleries and Miles McEnery Gallery I 525 in New York, the United States. Gene Davis' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Specific Forms at Loretta Howard Gallery in New York, the United States. The exhibition was open from 22 January 2020 until 06 March 2020. Gene Davis' work has also been exhibited during the The Responsive Eye Revisited: Then, Now, and In-Between. exhibition at Miles McEnery Gallery I 520 in New York, the United States (13 January 2020 - 14 February 2020).

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly thought of as the most important art centre globally. Major art movements established and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a powerful influence over the visual culture of the World, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important 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 Gene Davis

Gene Davis was born in 1920, grew up during the 1930s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the conflict between many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. Artistic output in the United States was heavily impacted at the time by the Great Depression, and a number of artists took to focusing on ideas of humility and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to explore into political subjects and endeavoured to use their art to impact society. Themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were prevalent in many artists’ work.

Gene Davis

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