Martha Wilson

1947 · United States

Artist biography

Martha Wilson is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in the United States. Martha Wilson was born in 1947. Artists Chuck Close, Robert Mappelthorpe, Bruce Nauman, Laurie Andersen and Barbara Kruger are of the same generation and same country as Martha Wilson.

About Martha Wilson's work

Martha Wilson is famous for creating digital work. Digital art is at the core of a multifaceted, ever-evolving sphere where the fusion of art and technology provides the artists infinite opportunities to create. As technology advances and keeps renovating itself, it allows digital art to continuously evolve and expand. It is in the mid 1980s that the term digital art was first introduced, when artist Harold Cohen started operating a computer painting program, which led to the creation of AARON – a robotic computer program which autonomously produced artworks. Another pioneer of the genre is non-other than Andy Warhol, who, by manipulating a picture of Debbie Harry on his Commodore Amiga home computer using ProPaint, generated one of the most famous digital artworks ever produced.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Martha Wilson is represented and exhibited by P.P.O.W in New York, the United States. Martha Wilson most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at mfc - michèle didier in Paris (07 September 2018 until 09 November 2018) with the exhibition Staging the Journals. Martha Wilson's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Overlap: Life Tapestries, which took place at Pen and Brush in New York, the United States (23 October 2019 - 13 December 2019).

Currently on Artland, three of Martha Wilson's works are available to purchase.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, particularly 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 concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly powerful art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful global art capital. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern sphere 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 significant art movements that emerged in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations 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 Martha Wilson

Martha Wilson was born in 1947 and was as deeply indebted to the events of the 1960s as their formative influences. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging alongside each other. On one hand, Pop espoused the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. Artwork by artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Claes Oldenberg was inspired by the popular culture of the rapidly developing Capitalism of the United States, taking things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their primary visual inspiration. A parallel movement developed on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the very first blossoming of conceptual art. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, based solely on line, colour and geometric form as key elements of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was a prominent offshoot of minimalism, a discipline that became renowned through the work of artists like Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Globally, a number of artistic movements resonated the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialisms and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni developed Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker adopted similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinctive approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

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