Gordon Parks

1912 · United States

Artist biography

Gordon Parks is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from the United States. Gordon Parks was born in 1912. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Lee Mullican, Louise Bourgeois, Dorothea Tanning, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell.

About Gordon Parks' work

Gordon Parks is famous for producing figurative work. Often seen as the opposite of abstraction, figurative art also subsists beyond just a simple depiction of reality. Although it essentially signifies the ability to represent a real-world subject, the style, approaches and mediums that can be chosen by the artist are boundless, which gives figurative art the possibility to be truly innovative and radical. Some great examples of figurative art include Henri Matisse’s sculpture The Serf, or Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Gordon Parks' work is available on display in 5 galleries listed on Artland. Galleries include Jack Shainman Gallery | West 20th Street, Jack Shainman Gallery | West 24th Street, and Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, the United States. Gordon Parks' work are exhibited at the exhibition, Solo exhibition at Alison Jacques Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition is currently open and closes on the 24 April 2020. Gordon Parks' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; A Choice of Weapons (21 October 2017 - 17 December 2017) at Autograph ABP in the United Kingdom and Winter Salon Part I (07 November 2019 - 24 January 2020) at Jenkins Johnson Gallery | San Francisco in the United States. Gordon Parks' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called A Choice of Weapons and took place at Autograph ABP in London, the United Kingdom from the 21 October 2017 to 17 December 2017.

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 asserted its influence over Paris, previously considered as the most significant art hub in the world. Major 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 various post-modern iterations of these many types. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has exercised a powerful influence upon the international visual culture, due to the authority 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 Gordon Parks

Born in 1912, Gordon Parks was primarily inspired by the 1930s growing up. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the clashing of 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 modesty and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to delve into political subjects and endeavoured to use their art to impact society. Themes including poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were prevalent in many artists’ work.

Gordon Parks

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