Joshua Abelow

1976 · United States

Artist biography

Joshua Abelow is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in the United States, like other celebrated artists such as Judith Eisler, Ariel Herwitz, T Teresa Albor, Yoshiko Chuma, and L.E. Kim. Joshua Abelow was born in 1976.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Joshua Abelow's work is on display at Sorry We're Closed located in Brussels, Belgium. Joshua Abelow's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Installation Views at L21 in Palma, Spain. The exhibition was open from 15 January 2020 until 05 March 2020. Joshua Abelow's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; L21 in Palma (15 March 2019 - 09 May 2019) with the name I'M TRYING TO EXPLAIN and Arts+Leisure Gallery in New York (21 July 2018 - 05 September 2018) with the name Summer of Love. Joshua Abelow's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called SUMMER OF LOVE and took place at Freight + Volume in New York, the United States from the 20 July 2018 to 05 September 2018.

Joshua Abelow in private collections

It is the collector Alex Ebstein, who is in possession of art by Joshua Abelow at Artland. Alex Ebstein also has works by other artists including Tora Aghabayova, Choi Jun Kun, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, in particular New York city, remains as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art centre appeared in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art centre. The authority of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has provided the country with a powerful 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 flourished in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period 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 Joshua Abelow

Born in 1976, Joshua Abelow's creative work was largely influenced by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline.

Joshua Abelow

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 6

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