James Gortner

1977 · United States

Artist biography

James Gortner is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born in the the United States, like other prominent artists such as Laura, Huck Snyder, John C. Johansen, Georgia Speller, and Evan Gruzis. James Gortner was born in 1977.

Galleries and Exhibitions

James Gortner is represented by Lyons Wier Gallery located in New York, the United States. James Gortner's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Myths & Mirrors at Lyons Wier Gallery in New York, the United States. The exhibition was open from 02 October 2019 until 01 November 2019. James Gortner's only other exhibition is GROUP EXHIBITION "SUMMER SESSION NO. 26", which took place at Lyons Wier Gallery in New York, the United States (08 July 2019 - 06 August 2019).

James Gortner in private collections

On Artland, Jimenez -Colon Collection includes works by James Gortner, but also others by Liam Fallon, Yung Jake, and Farhad Farzali, critically acclaimed artists and prominent figures of the Art World.

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 concept of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art centre. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are influential art movements that flourished in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period 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 James Gortner

James Gortner was born in 1977 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

James Gortner

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 3

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