Lisa Williamsom

United States

Artist biography

Lisa Williamsom is a visual artist, who was born and brought up in the United States, like other prominent artists such as Victoria Haven, Megan Marrin, Richard Tuttle, Seymour Rosofsky, and Don Dudley.

About Lisa Williamsom's work

Lisa Williamsom is best known for making minimalistic work. Minimalism is an art movement which emerged in New York city in the post World War II era, its essence emanating from a strong longing to escape the pre-existing conceptions about art, and make artwork exist in its own reality rather than just imitate life. Recognised as one of the most influential art movements of the 1960s, minimalism sought to escape from abstract expressionism, which was the dominant genre in the late 1950s. The founders of Minimalism were deeply influenced by European abstract movements, and works by the Dutch De Stijl artists, Russian Constructivists, as well as members of the German Bauhaus, which had laid the groundwork for radical abstraction. Some of the most dominant artists of Minimalism include Frank Stella, Dan Flavin and Donald Judd. Purity and simplicity are among some of the key concepts in Minimalism, which finds its core in a blank of emotional responses or metaphorical elements. Geometrical shapes and sleek, clean lines are creating artworks that will provide the viewers with strong visual responses, but its goal is not to spark emotions, nor to reflect the artist's personal expression and feelings. Minimalist artists were bored of the gestural elements found to previous art movements, and wanted discard anything that would suggest self-expressionism. As Frank Stella said, the core of Minimalism is that "you see what you see".

Historical Context of United States

The United States, in particular 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 concept of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its supremacy over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has provided the country with a powerful 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 blossomed in the US. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as diverse 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 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.

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