Richard Merkin

1938 - 2009

Artist biography

Richard Merkin was a visual artist. Richard Merkin was born in 1938 and died in 2009. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Ruth Cyril, Jan Van Den Braak, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Vera I. Barinova-Kuleba, and Johann Klinger.

Further Biographical Context for Richard Merkin

Richard Merkin was born in 1938 and was primarily inspired by the 1950s. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Richard Merkin

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