Michael Williams

1978 · United States

Artist biography

Michael Williams is a mid-career established artist, who was born in the the United States, like other renowned artists such as Matt Hilvers, Barnett Newman, John J. Talleur, Karen Heagle, and Carol Szymanski. Michael Williams was born in 1978.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michael Williams' work is available on display in several galleries around the globe such as in Belgium, Switzerland, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Michael Williams' work include Gladstone Gallery in Brussels, Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich, as well as Gladstone Gallery | West 24th St in New York. Michael Williams most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Max Hetzler | 41 Dover Street in London with the exhibition INPUT / OUTPUT: PAINTING AFTER TECHNOLOGY. The exhibition was open from 15 April 2019 until 24 May 2019. Michael Williams' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; New Paintings (11 October 2019 - 20 December 2019) at Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich and Solo exhibition (28 February 2020 - 24 April 2020) at Gladstone Gallery | West 24th St in New York. Michael Williams' first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called INPUT / OUTPUT: PAINTING AFTER TECHNOLOGY and took place at Galerie Max Hetzler | 41 Dover Street in London, the United Kingdom from the 15 April 2019 to 24 May 2019.

Historical Context of United States

The US, particularly New York city, endures as a central 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 powerful art centre appeared in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art capital. The authority of the political and economic institutions 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 influential art movements that flourished in the United States. These very movements also echoed 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 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 Michael Williams

Born in 1978, Michael Williams' creative work was predominantly influenced 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, united 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 well-known member of the group 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 gained a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the 1990s, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres characterised the cultural tone of the era.

Michael Williams

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