Kai Samuels-Davis

1980 · United States

Artist biography

Kai Samuels-Davis is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United States, like other famous artists such as Harry Lane, Gianni L. Cilfone, Jane Wooster Scott, Polly Kraft, and Jon Key. Kai Samuels-Davis was born in 1980.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Kai Samuels-Davis' work is available for viewing at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, the United States. Kai Samuels-Davis' work has most recently been exhibited at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco (06 December 2019 until 31 January 2020) with the exhibition Lightning Strikes II: 22 poets. 22 artists.. Kai Samuels-Davis' only other recorded exhibition on Artland is The Shadows, which took place at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, the United States (07 April 2018 - 28 April 2018).

Historical Context of United States

The US, particularly New York city, remains as a central 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 hub appeared in the post war era, and the city thrived in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art capital. The authority of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has granted 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 essential art movements that emerged in the US. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as alternative 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 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 Kai Samuels-Davis

Kai Samuels-Davis was born in 1980 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Kai Samuels-Davis

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