Ralph Eugene Meatyard

1925 · United States

Artist biography

Ralph Eugene Meatyard is seen as an established artist, who was born in the United States. Ralph Eugene Meatyard was born in 1925. Also born in the United States around 1925 and of the same generation are Knox Martin, Michael Goldberg, Michael Goldberg, Robert Rauschenberg and Allan Kaprow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ralph Eugene Meatyard is represented by two galleries, DC Moore Gallery and Gitterman Gallery in New York, the United States. Ralph Eugene Meatyard's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition After Virginia at Chart Gallery in New York, the United States. The exhibition was open from 08 November 2019 until 18 January 2020. Ralph Eugene Meatyard's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; EARACHE (12 July 2018 - 14 August 2018) at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco and FOG Design+Art 2018/ Nothing and Everything (11 January 2018 - 14 February 2018) at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco.

Historical Context of United States

The US, particularly New York city, remains as a central point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art centre came to be in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful global art centre. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern sphere has granted 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 essential art movements that blossomed in the US. These very movements also reverberated 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 contemporary period 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 Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Ralph Eugene Meatyard was born in 1925 and was primarily inspired by the 1930s. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. In the United States, the Great Depression had a severe impact on artistic output, and artists began to focus on the idea of modesty and of the ordinary man on the streets. The focus of art in the United States also began to take a more political turn for the first time, and artists used these topics and ideas to endeavour to impact society. Topics such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes became prevalent in the work of many artists.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard

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