Helen Levitt

1913 · United States

Artist biography

Helen Levitt is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born and brought up in the United States. Helen Levitt was born in 1913. Also born in the United States around 1913 and of the same generation are Lee Mullican, Agnes Martin, Dorothea Tanning, Philip Guston and Robert Motherwell.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Helen Levitt's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as the United States and Germany. Galleries include Laurence Miller Gallery and Gitterman Gallery in New York, and Galerie Thomas Zander in Cologne. Helen Levitt's work are exhibited at the exhibition, Body of evidence at Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, the United States. The exhibition is currently open and closes on the 03 April 2020. Helen Levitt's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Betwixt and between (11 September 2019 - 15 November 2019) at Laurence Miller Gallery in New York and Helen Levitt - Five Decades (08 November 2018 - 22 December 2018) at Laurence Miller Gallery in New York. Helen Levitt's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called EARACHE and took place at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, the United States from the 12 July 2018 to 14 August 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The US, in particular New York city, endures as a central point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly powerful art centre came to be in the post war era, and the city succeeded in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern sphere has granted the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are significant art movements that flourished in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed U.S artists of the modern age 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 Helen Levitt

Born in 1913, Helen Levitt was primarily inspired by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is epitomised 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 humbleness 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. Topics including poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were prevalent in many artists’ work.

Helen Levitt

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