Jen Liu

1976 · United States

Artist biography

Jen Liu is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the the United States, like other well-known artists such as Charles Steffen, Cauleen Smith, Tanya Marcuse, Wadsworth Jarrell, and Zane Lewis. Jen Liu was born in 1976.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jen Liu is represented by Upstream Gallery located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Jen Liu most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Upstream Gallery in Amsterdam (01 September 2018 until 29 September 2018) with the exhibition PINK SLIME CAESAR SHIFT. Jen Liu's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Outside The Palace Of Heavenly Purity, which took place at bitforms gallery in New York, the United States (07 June 2018 - 05 August 2018).

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 assumed primacy over Paris, previously thought of as the most significant art centre in the world. Leading art movements established and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a prevailing influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 Jen Liu

Born in 1976, Jen Liu was predominantly inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Jen Liu