R.B. Kitaj

1932 · United States

Artist biography

R.B. Kitaj is an established artist, who originates from the United States. R.B. Kitaj was born in 1932. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Ray Harryhausen, Gene Davis, Diane Arbus, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichenstein.

Galleries and Exhibitions

R.B. Kitaj's work is available on viewing in Leslie Sacks Gallery and L.A. Louver in Los Angeles, the United States. R.B. Kitaj's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition EXERCISES IN STYLE, BY NOVEL at AplusA in Venice, Italy. The exhibition was open from 04 May 2019 until 06 August 2019. R.B. Kitaj's work has also been exhibited during the Collages and Prints, 1964-1975 exhibition at L.A. Louver in Los Angeles, the United States (06 November 2019 - 18 January 2020).

R.B. Kitaj in private collections

On Artland R.B. Kitaj's works can be found in the following collection: Daniel Cardani which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Liam Fallon, Sarah Derat, and Mar Hernández.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, in particular New York city, endures as a focal 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 multinational and highly influential art centre appeared in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its dominance 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 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 influential art movements that blossomed in the US. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations 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 R.B. Kitaj

Born in 1932, R.B. Kitaj's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that explored ideas of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. Many artists concentrated on the formal properties of painting, and action painting was influenced by the political freedom of the United States, as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to acknowledge the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

R.B. Kitaj

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  • Exhibitions 2

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