Marina Adams

1977 · United States

Artist biography

Marina Adams is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United States, like other well-known artists such as Aaron Aujla, Alex Paik, Lawrence Hansen Sindberg, Dannielle Tegeder, and Matthew Shueler. Marina Adams was born in 1977.

About Marina Adams' work

Marina Adams is a prominent figure in Abstraction. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, many artists were hoping for a change that would allow art to be more reflective of the transitions in society occuring at the time. Abstract art therefore indicates a desire to escape the more classical depictions of reality, in which artists were constrained. With the use of geometrical shapes, colours and gestural elements, artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques were able to lay the foundations for what would become an essential branch of modern art. With abstract art, objects and figures are simplified, schematised, which can arguably provide the viewer with a more spiritual experience, since the focus is not put on the material world, but implies an invitation to delve into reflection.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Marina Adams' work. These are Galerie Andres Thalmann in Zurich, Switzerland and Salon 94 Bowery in New York, the United States. Marina Adams most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at BORCHs Butik in Copenhagen with the exhibition Group Exhibition | Summer in BORCHs Butik. The exhibition was open from 18 July 2019 until 20 August 2019. Marina Adams' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; The Secret of Greek Grammar (15 November 2019 - 19 December 2019) at Larsen Warner in Stockholm and ANEMONES (02 May 2019 - 21 June 2019) at Salon 94 Bowery in New York. Marina Adams' first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called ANEMONES and took place at Salon 94 Bowery in New York, the United States from the 02 May 2019 to 21 June 2019.

Marina Adams has 11 works for sale currently available on Artland.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously thought of as the most powerful art hub worldwide. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a powerful influence upon the international visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of important 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 Marina Adams

Born in 1977, Marina Adams was predominantly influenced by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet entrepreneurial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this outline.

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