Lillian Bassman

1917 · United States

Artist biography

Lillian Bassman is seen as an established artist, who originates from the United States. Lillian Bassman was born in 1917. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Dorothea Tanning, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Lillian Bassman's work is available on display in several galleries around the globe such as in Italy and the United States. Some of those galleries are Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan, Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles, as well as Serge Sorokko Gallery in San Francisco. Lillian Bassman's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Edwynn Houk | Zurich in Switzerland (17 November 2016 until 17 February 2017) with the exhibition Solo show.

Historical Context of United States

The US, especially New York city, remains as a central 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 influential art hub came to be in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art centre. The authority of the political and economic institutions 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 significant art movements that blossomed in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as diverse 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 Lillian Bassman

Born in 1917, Lillian Bassman was largely inspired by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the conflict between 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 humbleness and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to explore into political subjects and attempted 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.

Lillian Bassman

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