Richard Aldrich

1975 · United States

Artist biography

Richard Aldrich is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United States, like other famous artists such as Brandon Lattu, David Schutter, Mark Bennett, Pam Sheehan, and Simone Paterson. Richard Aldrich was born in 1975.

About Richard Aldrich's work

Richard Aldrich is a key figure in Abstraction. Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead, with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes tries to achieve its effect. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main features have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly influential in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for a significant number of branches of abstract art.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Richard Aldrich's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries such as Belgium and the United States. Some of those galleries are Gladstone Gallery and dépendance in Brussels, and Gladstone Gallery | West 24th St in New York. Richard Aldrich's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Solo Exhibition at Modern Art in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 05 September 2019 until 18 October 2019. Richard Aldrich's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; dépendance in Brussels (28 August 2019 - 31 August 2019) with the name Exhibition for ENTER ART FAIR and Meessen De Clercq in Brussels (04 April 2019 - 28 June 2019) with the name Limits, Edges And Frontiers. Richard Aldrich's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Fun House and took place at dépendance in Brussels, Belgium from the 19 April 2017 to 19 May 2017.

Currently, Richard Aldrich has one work for sale on Artland.

Historical Context of United States

The US, in particular New York city, remains as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in affirming its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art capital. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern sphere has granted the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are significant art movements that flourished in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished 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 Richard Aldrich

Born in 1975, Richard Aldrich was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a key decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

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