Josh Sperling

1984 · United States

Artist biography

Josh Sperling is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the the United States, like other prominent artists such as Aubreigh Moses, Jon Swihart, Robert Olsen, Jennifer Bornstein, and Diane Ayott. Josh Sperling was born in 1984.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Josh Sperling's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as Belgium and the United States. Some of those galleries are Sorry We're Closed in Belgium, as well as Perrotin | New York and Bill Brady Gallery | Miami in the United States. Josh Sperling's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Nevertheless at Sorry We're Closed in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 04 September 2019 until 20 October 2019.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art centre worldwide. Leading art movements established and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a powerful influence over the worldwide visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of world renowned 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 Josh Sperling

Born in 1984, Josh Sperling was predominantly influenced by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly irreverent sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and highly sensitive advancements of conceptualism as evidenced by the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Josh Sperling

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 7

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