Michelle Mackey

1975 · United States

Artist biography

Michelle Mackey is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United States, like other celebrated artists such as Melissa Gordon, Jeff Cairns, Coy Love, Bunny Rogers, and Dread Scott. Michelle Mackey was born in 1975.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michelle Mackey's work is on display at Holly Johnson Gallery located in Dallas, the United States. Michelle Mackey most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Equity Gallery in New York with the exhibition Peaceable Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 12 July 2018 until 23 August 2018. Michelle Mackey's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Summertime Blues: Collages, Drawings, Paintings, Photography, Sculpture, and Prints (21 June 2019 - 27 August 2019) at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas and Double Take (13 May 2017 - 12 August 2017) at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural importance of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously considered as the most significant art hub internationally. Leading art movements developed and fostered in extensive 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 echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence over the global visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. 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 Michelle Mackey

Born in 1975, Michelle Mackey's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet entrepreneurial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as shown in the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Michelle Mackey

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