Matthew Kirk is a visual artist, who originates from the United States, like other celebrated artists such as Polly Kraft, Arlene Gottfried, Martine Gutierrez, Leee Black Childers, and Joel Sternfeld.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Matthew Kirk's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries like Finland and the United States. Galleries include Makasiini Contemporary in Turku, as well as Fierman and Interstate Projects in New York. Matthew Kirk's work has most recently been exhibited at Makasiini Contemporary in Turku (12 October 2018 until 18 November 2018) with the exhibition MATTHEW KIRK - THE GOOD LAND.
Historical Context of United States
The US, especially New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art capital. The authority of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era 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 flourished in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as diverse 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.