Martin Wong

1946 · United States

Artist biography

Martin Wong is an established artist, who was born in the United States. Martin Wong was born in 1946. Born in the same country and around the same year are Chuck Close, Dale Chihuly, Bruce Nauman, James Turrell and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Martin Wong's work, including galleries in countries such as the United States and Germany. Some of those galleries are Galerie Buchholz | New York in the United States, as well as Galerie Buchholz and Galerie Buchholz | Cologne in Germany. Martin Wong's work has most recently been exhibited at Capsule Shanghai in China (28 June 2019 until 14 August 2019) with the exhibition Right behind your eyes. Martin Wong's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Off Paradise in New York (17 September 2019 - 27 November 2019) with the name Glenn O’Brien: Center Stage and Bureau in New York (30 January 2020 - 07 March 2020) with the name Beauty Can Be the Opposite of a Number. Martin Wong's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called IT'S PERSONAL and took place at Edward Ressle Gallery in New York, the United States from the 02 May 2018 to 13 July 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, particularly New York city, endures 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 multinational and highly powerful art hub 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 capital. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era 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 echoed into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations 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.

Further Biographical Context for Martin Wong

Martin Wong was born in 1946 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1960s. Art turned into a vehicle for dogmas and other agendas, with Pop and Minimalism appearing concurrently as the most significant art movements of the decade. Pop Art in New York city embraced the culture of mass media and mass consumerism, with Artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann getting stimulated by television, comic strips, billboards and other products of the rise of Capitalism for their artworks. On the other side of the country, the West Coast in California, the first features of what would be known as Conceptual art were blossoming. Minimalism developed the central idea that art should exist in its own reality, and not try to represent the physical world. Born of a desire to obliterate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to delve into some of the most fundamental ideologies of Abstract Expressionism, while getting rid of the expressive and highly personal aspect it would often associated with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply identifying with Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, distinctive to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for example, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism deeply influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to portray the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the lingering anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Martin Wong