Karl Wirsum

1939 · United States

Artist biography

Karl Wirsum is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United States. Karl Wirsum was born in 1939. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Sol LeWitt, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Dan Flavin.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Karl Wirsum's work. These are Derek Eller Gallery in New York, the United States and Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago, the United States. Karl Wirsum's work are currently exhibiting at Marlborough Contemporary | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition Strangers on a Terrain (21 March 2020 - 25 April 2020). Karl Wirsum's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; The Approach in London (10 January 2020 - 15 February 2020) with the name Condo and Derek Eller Gallery in New York (10 October 2019 - 09 November 2019) with the name Unmixedly at Ease: 50 Years of Drawing. Karl Wirsum's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Sports and Art and took place at Western Exhibitions in Chicago, the United States from the 06 January 2018 to 17 February 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously considered as the most important art centre worldwide. Major art movements developed and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, 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 sphere, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence upon the global visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important 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 Karl Wirsum

Karl Wirsum was born in 1939 and was primarily inspired by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism dominated in the 1950s as a primary method of painting, and explored ideas about the sublime and spirituality. Artists chose to focus on painting’s formal properties, and Action Painting took inspiration from the political freedoms of the United States, in opposition to the limitations of the Soviet bloc. Significant artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In later revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been celebrated, amongst many other female creatives.

Karl Wirsum

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