About GIFC's works
GIFC plays a pivotal role in the fields of Street art and Pop. Graffiti artists, who exhibited their works in galleries or other institutions throughout the 1970s and 1980s, are often found to be the pioneers of the movement known as street art. This involves key figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, who provedthat their work could simultaneously exist in art galleries and on city walls. Street art has a history of illicit activity, and often a strong interest in political action, which tainted its reputation in the art world, but artists like Fairey and Banksy have continued to explore the multitude of possibilities inherent to street art, and contributed to grounding it as a true and meaningful form of art.
In Britain, Pop Art started to develop with the Independent Group (IG), in the 1950s. The Independent Group became responsible for a substantial amount of the concepts that would cultivate British Pop Art, embracing their interest in mass popular culture which they deeply explored. In the United States, Pop Art can be perceived as a clear reaction to Abstract Expressionism, and a return to figurative art, drawing from popular imagery and the sphere of mass consumerism, exploding in the post-war context of the 1950s. Through their artworks, Pop Artists depicted a number of aspects of the “low” popular culture, which had an influential impact on day-to-day, thus denying the authority of “high” art and creating a new, democratic form of art which would carry through as a truly revolutionary movement.
GIFC in private collections
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, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly considered as the most important art centre internationally. Leading art movements developed 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 repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has cultivated a strong influence upon the international visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era 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.