Jay Kvapil

1951 · United States

Artist biography

Jay Kvapil is seen as an established artist, who originates from the United States. Jay Kvapil was born in 1951. Born in the same country and around the same year are Jenny Holzer, Bill Viola, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jay Kvapil is represented by two galleries. These are Lefebvre & Fils in Paris, France and Diane Rosenstein in Los Angeles, the United States. Jay Kvapil most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Lefebvre & Fils in Paris with the exhibition THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE. The exhibition was open from 22 November 2018 until 12 January 2019. Jay Kvapil's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Diane Rosenstein in Los Angeles (16 January 2020 - 18 January 2020) with the name Untitled | San Francisco and Diane Rosenstein in Los Angeles (01 November 2019 - 13 December 2019) with the name Solo Exhibition. Jay Kvapil's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Transfigured and took place at Diane Rosenstein in Los Angeles, the United States from the 28 July 2018 to 25 August 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, particularly New York city, endures as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art centre. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has provided 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 blossomed in the US. 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 Jay Kvapil

Jay Kvapil was born in 1951 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. New York maintained an important position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. International movements gained popularity included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed significant commercial and critical achievements. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the dominant critical and institutional levers in New York.

Jay Kvapil

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