About Laura Karetzky's works
Laura Karetzky's work is representative of the fields of Figuration and Conceptual. In essence, figurative art is art which represents familiar features of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition seems to be rather humble, figuration still remains in its very core more than just a depiction of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be executed are infinite, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever evolving category, in which Laura Karetzky's work is mainly grounded. Some prominent artists known for their contribution to figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.
For a conceptual artist, the artwork needs to detach itself from any sort of traditional representation of what is art, and invite the viewer to enter a world of ideas and concepts, free from the material reality. Indeed, the essence of Conceptualism lies in the fact that the idea behind the artwork has significantly more importance than the completed artwork itself. As a defined movement, Conceptualism first came to be in the late 1960s, with figures such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. The most revolutionary aspect of Conceptual Art is that the artwork can take the form of anything, from writings to performances, to a derived use of everyday objects - the boundaries of art are thus shifting, the tradition is critiqued. Conceptualism has been, and still remains, subject to controversy and debate, due to its tendency to provoke the viewer. As a contemporary movement, is it often used as a tool to defy institutions, societal structures and political systems.
Laura Karetzky most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Los Angeles (25 October 2019 until 06 December 2019) with the exhibition Ratio: Poems. Laura Karetzky's only other exhibition is Homing, which took place at Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York, the United States (11 December 2019 - 08 February 2020).
At present, 15 works from Laura Karetzky are for sale on Artland.
Historical Context of United States
The US, especially New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly powerful art hub appeared in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art centre. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern sphere has granted the country with a prevailing 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 United States. 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 distinguished U.S artists of the modern 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.