Matthew Craven

1981 · United States

Artist biography

Matthew Craven is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the the United States, like other prominent artists such as Elizabeth Hazan, Sidney Russell, Laura Forman, Daniel Folger Bigelow, and Mike Kelley. Matthew Craven was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Matthew Craven is represented by two galleries, which are Mini Galerie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York, the United States. Matthew Craven most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York with the exhibition Untitled San Francisco 2020 | Booth B11. The exhibition was open from 17 January 2020 until 19 January 2020. Matthew Craven's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; PSYCHEDELIC HEALING CENTER (23 May 2019 - 22 June 2019) at Essex Flowers in New York and EMPIRE(s) (06 September 2018 - 20 October 2018) at Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, especially New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city thrived in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art centre. 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 essential art movements that flourished in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as alternative 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 modern 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 Matthew Craven

Born in 1981, Matthew Craven's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a divisive reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a influential idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this outline.

Matthew Craven

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