Kelly Akashi

1983 · United States

Artist biography

Kelly Akashi is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the the United States, like other well-known artists such as Michael Mazurek, Bask Leather, Trulee Hall, Johnny Smith, and Pedro S. De Movellan. Kelly Akashi was born in 1983.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Kelly Akashi's work is available on display in Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles, the United States and Interstate Projects in New York, the United States. Kelly Akashi's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Bad Peach at Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles, the United States. The exhibition was open from 09 August 2019 until 06 September 2019. Kelly Akashi's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Skibum MacArthur in Los Angeles (25 May 2019 - 06 July 2019) with the name Demolition WoManhood and Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles (13 July 2018 - 10 August 2018) with the name Liquid Dreams. Kelly Akashi's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Liquid Dreams and took place at Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles, the United States from the 13 July 2018 to 10 August 2018.

Kelly Akashi in private collections

On Artland Kelly Akashi's works can be found in the following collection: RFJ which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Hur Kyung-Ae, Michael Sailstorfer, and Choi Jun Kun.

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 period, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously thought of as the most powerful art hub worldwide. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern repetitions of these many types. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence over the visual culture of the World, due to the dominion of its economic and political structures. Key examples of critically acclaimed 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 Kelly Akashi

Born in 1983, Kelly Akashi was largely inspired by the 1990s. A collective 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 collective of practitioners. Many 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 well known 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 entrepreneurial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as presented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Kelly Akashi

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 7

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