Morris Engel

1918 · United States

Artist biography

Morris Engel is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United States. Morris Engel was born in 1918. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Lee Mullican, Louise Bourgeois, Dorothea Tanning, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell.

Morris Engel's Gallery representation

Morris Engel's work is on display at Howard Greenberg Gallery located in New York, the United States.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously considered as the most powerful art centre internationally. Leading art movements developed and fostered in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern iterations of these many types. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the authority 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 Morris Engel

Born in 1918, Morris Engel's creative work was largely inspired by the 1930s. Internationally this period can be best characterised by the clash between the world’s leading political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government needed urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret strategy to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty irreplaceable paintings by the Old Masters, many of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Morris Engel

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