Michael Heizer

1944 · United States

Artist biography

Michael Heizer is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from the United States. Michael Heizer was born in 1944. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Chuck Close, Robert Mappelthorpe, Bruce Nauman, Laurie Andersen and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Michael Heizer's work. These are Gagosian | 980 Madison Avenue and Gagosian | 555 West 24th Street in New York, the United States. Michael Heizer's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Solo Exhibition at Gagosian | Le Bourget in Paris, France. The exhibition was open from 16 October 2018 until 05 July 2019. Michael Heizer's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Beyond Mud and Stones, which took place at Loom Gallery in Milan, Italy (15 January 2020 - 21 February 2020).

Michael Heizer in private collections

On Artland Michael Heizer's works can be found in the following collection: Roberto Toscano which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Sissi Farassat, Sarah Derat, and Hur Kyung-Ae.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly thought of as the most powerful art centre worldwide. Major art movements developed and cultivated in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a strong influence over the visual culture of the World, due to the hegemony of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Michael Heizer

Born in 1944, Michael Heizer's creative work was largely inspired by the 1960s. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging parallel to each other. On one hand, Pop championed the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. Artwork by artists such as 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 cues. A parallel movement developed on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the initial flowerings of conceptual art. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, focused solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was an influential offshoot of minimalism, a discipline that became renowned through the work of artists like Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Around the world many artistic movements echoed the artistic concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional specialties and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni developed Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinctive approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Michael Heizer

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 2

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