Lyle Ashton Harris

1965 · United States

Artist biography

Lyle Ashton Harris is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United States. Lyle Ashton Harris was born in 1965. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Kara Walker, Jason Rhoades, Ellen Gallagher, Andrea Zittel, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Lyle Ashton Harris is represented and exhibited by multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as Belgium, Israel, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Lyle Ashton Harris' work include Maruani Mercier in Brussels, Sommer Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, as well as Salon 94 Bowery in New York. Lyle Ashton Harris' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition OMBRE À L’OMBRE at Maruani Mercier in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 08 October 2019 until 15 December 2019. Lyle Ashton Harris' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; 20 Years (23 October 2019 - 20 December 2019) at Sommer Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv and A Look Back: 50 Years After Stonewall (10 July 2019 - 09 August 2019) at Fort Gansevoort Gallery in New York. Lyle Ashton Harris' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called RE: RE: BLACK MACHO. UNLEASH THE QUEEN and took place at PPC Philipp Pflug Contemporary in Frankfurt, Germany from the 21 June 2018 to 01 September 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly thought of as the most powerful art centre worldwide. Major art movements established and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence over the worldwide visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political institutions. 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 Lyle Ashton Harris

Lyle Ashton Harris was born in 1965 and was largely inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Lyle Ashton Harris

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