John Zurier

1956 · United States

Artist biography

John Zurier is an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. John Zurier was born in 1956. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Jenny Holzer, Bill Viola, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons.

Galleries and Exhibitions

John Zurier is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries like Sweden, the United States, and Germany. Galleries include Galerie Nordenhake | Stockholm in Sweden, as well as Peter Blum Gallery and Crown Point Press in the United States. John Zurier most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Geukens & De Vil in Antwerp (25 January 2020 until 13 March 2020) with the exhibition Silence is So Accurate. John Zurier 's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; BORCHs Butik in Copenhagen (18 July 2019 - 20 August 2019) with the name Group Exhibition | Summer in BORCHs Butik and Galleri Opdahl in Stavanger (06 April 2019 - 06 May 2019) with the name Solo Exhibition. John Zurier 's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called A Mind of Winter and took place at Galerie Nordenhake | Berlin in Germany from the 24 November 2018 to 12 January 2019.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously considered as the most powerful art hub in the world. Major art movements established and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern iterations of these many types. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a prevailing influence upon the international visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Zurier

John Zurier was born in 1956 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all characteristic of a strong desire to progress and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, highlighting some of its most crucial aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre regained its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and popularity, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a prominent figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-platform activity that no other visual artist of such standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. Street art started to emerge as a true and recognized form of art towards the end of the 1970s. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were pioneers in proving that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings. Driven by graffiti art, street art from its earliest days showed that it could endure in a constant flux of self-transformation, eternally shifting the boundaries of modern art, becoming a truly ground-breaking artistic genre.

John Zurier

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