Lee Mullican

1919 · United States

Artist biography

Lee Mullican is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United States. Lee Mullican was born in 1919. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Lee Mullican, Agnes Martin, Dorothea Tanning, Philip Guston and Robert Motherwell.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Lee Mullican's work is available on display in Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles, the United States and Susan Inglett Gallery in New York, the United States. Lee Mullican's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Everything we do is music at Drawing Room in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 30 November 2017 until 18 February 2018. Lee Mullican's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles (17 November 2018 - 02 February 2019) with the name The Marble Drawings: 1966 – 1970 and Barbara Mathes Gallery in New York (16 January 2019 - 14 February 2019) with the name MASTER DRAWINGS. Lee Mullican's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Everything we do is music and took place at Drawing Room in London, the United Kingdom from the 30 November 2017 to 18 February 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most significant art centre globally. Major art movements established and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned 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 Lee Mullican

Born in 1919, Lee Mullican's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. Artistic output in the United States was heavily impacted at the time by the Great Depression, and a number of artists took to focusing on ideas of modesty and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to explore into political subjects and endeavoured to use their art to impact society. Themes including poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were prevalent in many artists’ work.

Lee Mullican

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