Meredith James

1982 · United States

Artist biography

Meredith James is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in the United States, like other prominent artists such as Almaz Wilson, Jen Berean, Nikki Hunt, Jean-pierre Roy, and Daniel G. Baird. Meredith James was born in 1982.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Meredith James is represented by two galleries. These are Jack Hanley Gallery and Interstate Projects in New York, the United States. Meredith James is currently exhibiting at Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York with the exhibition Every Lie to Truth (12 March 2020 - 10 April 2020). Meredith James' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Horology (13 November 2019 - 14 December 2019) at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York and Shadows on the Wall (10 October 2019 - 10 November 2019) at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York.

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 concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly powerful art hub appeared 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 centre. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern sphere has provided 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 essential art movements that blossomed in the United States. 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 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 Meredith James

Born in 1982, Meredith James' creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Relational Aesthetics became a key idea. It was a term created by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s to describe the tendency to make art based on, or inspired by, human relations and their social context. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this idea.

Meredith James

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