Paul Strand

1890 · United States

Artist biography

Paul Strand is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in the United States. Paul Strand was born in 1890. Born in the same country and around the same year are Anni Albers, Paul Strand, Robert Brackman, Dorothea Lange and Alexander Calder.

About Paul Strand's works

Paul Strand is best known for working in the fields of Figuration and Abstraction. Figurative art can merely be understood as art that contains strong references to the real world, or to the human figure. Often thought of as the polar opposite of Abstraction, figurative art can nonetheless remain incredibly stimulating and ground-breaking, since it includes a multitude number of possibilities to depict the chosen object or figure. The diversity of style in figurative art is enormous, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.

Abstraction, in literal terms, means distancing or suppressing one thing from another. When it comes to the visual arts, it can be understood as creating an artwork which moves away from a true representational reference point. The movement first came to be in the early 20th century, and can be seen as an attempt to release the artist’s creative energy, through freedom and constant self-renewal. In abstract artworks, the object is schematised, with the use of colours and textures, thus creating a fundamentally new perception of reality. Abstract art can be traced back to Impressionism, and paved the way for a significant number of movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism, which is still considered to be one the most powerful contemporary art movements. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Abstraction include Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, or Pablo Picasso.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Paul Strand's work is available on display in multiple galleries listed on Artland. Some of those galleries are Robert Mann Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, and Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco. Paul Strand most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Chart Gallery in New York (08 November 2019 until 18 January 2020) with the exhibition After Virginia. Paul Strand's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Outer Hebrides, which took place at Aperture Gallery in New York, the United States (23 May 2019 - 10 July 2019).

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, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art centre in the world. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in significant 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 various post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a powerful influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of critically acclaimed U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 Paul Strand

Born in 1890, Paul Strand's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1900s and 1910s. The first decades of the 20th century were defined by the dynamic development of visual and pictorial art. These decades were an time of experimentation, with artists exploring into ideas surrounding Post-Impressionism, Expressionism and Abstraction. These developments took hold with artist communities and collectives on an international scale, with many groups exploring a variety of methods of expressing their ideas. The first twenty years of the twentieth century are considered as the period in art history where modernist and modern ideas initially began to have cultural effects. They were a prolific time in the art world, and industrial advances such as mechanisation led to other disciplines like architecture, led by the work of Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld, to grow at an equally high rate. The notion of a common discipline across all modes of art was epitomised in the Bauhaus movement, which became a predominant way of thinking about art. These philosophies that we associate today with modern and contemporary art can be traced back to the diverse range of artworks produced at this time.

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