About Goin's works
Goin's work is illustrative of the fields of Street art, Pop and Abstraction. More than just a movement, street art can be defined as a true art form, and as an integral part of modern contemporary art. Fuelled by the graffiti art of the 1970s-1980s, street art has since been in a perpetual flux of self-transformation, endlessly shifting the limits and the reality of modern art. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were pioneers in proving that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings, thus inspiring future artists such as Shepard Fairey, JR and Banksy to keep exploring and re-defining street art.
Pop art was born in the 1950s simultaneously across America and Britain, and reached its peak in the 1960s, in a climate of increased consumerism and cultural revolution. Young artists felt like they couldn’t get in touch with the current state of art as it was taught or exhibited in museums, which they deemed too sequestered from their everyday lives. This led them to turn to popular culture as their main subject matter, scandalizing modernist critics. Amidst a few of the characteristics listed by pop artist Richard Hamilton, Pop Art should strive to be young, glamorous, sexy, witty, low-cost and mass produced. While in the United States pop artists were essentially aspiring to move away from the deeply personal symbolism of abstract expressionism, in Britain the movement was more focused on the power of American pop-culture imagery, and its influence on the society.
Abstract art first came to be in the early 20th century, as a new and rather radical form of art. Artists were looking for a way of expressing the societal changes occurring at the time, and release their creative energy, thus moving away from figurative art. With abstraction, the artists move away from any accurate representation of reality, and the visual qualities often put in focus in such non-representative works are colours, shapes and textures. Some of the most influential contemporary art movements born from Abstraction include Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, with key figures such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock. With abstract art, a sense of self-renewing freedom is materialising through the artworks, in a new tradition of creativity.
Goin in private collections
Historical Context of France
France has been an important country in the development of modernism. Throughout the nineteenth century, France established the beginnings of what is currently known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by world renowned artists. During the first part of the twentieth century, Paris was a crucial intellectual and cultural hub, originating vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements emerged at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French artistic figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amidst a multitude of others.