John Ashbery

1927 · United States

Artist biography

John Ashbery is an established contemporary artist, who was born in the United States. John Ashbery was born in 1927. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Yoko Ono, Jim Dine, Eva Hesse, Joan Jonas, Frank Stella and Ed Ruscha.

Galleries and Exhibitions

John Ashbery is represented and exhibited by Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York, the United States. John Ashbery most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Nino Mier Gallery in Los Angeles (19 July 2019 until 30 August 2019) with the exhibition Some Trees. John Ashbery's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; THE MOONLIGHT WORKS (10 July 2019 - 16 August 2019) at Moskowitz Bayse in Los Angeles and JOHN ASHBERY - COLLAGES 2015-2017 (05 September 2018 - 14 October 2018) at Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most significant art centre worldwide. Major art movements developed and cultivated in extensive 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 repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has exercised a powerful influence over the global visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political systems. Key examples of critically acclaimed 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 John Ashbery

John Ashbery was born in 1927 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1930s. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and characterised the political atmosphere of the era. In the United States, the Great Depression had a major impact on artistic output, and artists began to focus on the idea of humility and of the ordinary man on the streets. The focus of art in the United States also began to take a more political turn for the first time, and artists used these topics and ideas to try to impact society. Subjects such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes became prevalent in the work of a number of artists.

John Ashbery