Joan Snyder

1940 · United States

Artist biography

Joan Snyder is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Joan Snyder was born in 1940. Also born in the United States around 1940 and of the same generation are Chuck Close, Robert Mappelthorpe, Bruce Nauman, Laurie Andersen and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Joan Snyder's work is available on display in 3 galleries listed on Artland. Galleries exhibiting Joan Snyder's work include Parrasch Heijnen Gallery in Los Angeles, as well as Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art and franklin parrasch gallery in New York. Joan Snyder most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Blain|Southern in London (03 April 2019 until 10 May 2019) with the exhibition Rosebuds & Rivers. Joan Snyder's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; franklin parrasch gallery in New York (05 December 2019 - 08 December 2019) with the name Art Basel Miami and franklin parrasch gallery in New York (17 April 2019 - 14 June 2019) with the name mulberry and canal: joan snyder, keith sonnier, jackie winsor. Joan Snyder's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Doodle & Disegno and took place at Blain|Southern | Berlin in Germany from the 07 July 2018 to 15 September 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, particularly New York city, remains as a focal 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 centre emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in affirming its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art centre. The predominance of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era 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 influential art movements that blossomed in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants 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 Joan Snyder

Born in 1940, Joan Snyder grew up during the 1960s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The astronomical impact of the 1960s was truly astonishing across the globe. Representative of a time stirring both faith and anger, the 1960s triggered an outburst of new ideologies and movements, truly exciting and spectacular. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact globally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and drastically marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The significant escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, generating new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should exist in its own reality, and not try to represent the real world. Born of a desire to obliterate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Minimalism became influential through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, at the same time critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, distinctive to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism deeply influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the lingering angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Joan Snyder

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