Robert Breer

1926 · United States

Artist biography

Robert Breer is seen as an established artist, who originates from the United States. Robert Breer was born in 1926. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Sol LeWitt, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Dan Flavin.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Robert Breer is represented by Simon Preston in New York, the United States. Robert Breer most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at gb agency in Paris with the exhibition Activity of Matter. The exhibition was open from 29 November 2019 until 10 January 2020. Robert Breer's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; cafe spit (12 October 2019 - 20 December 2019) at galeriepcp in Paris and ORDER FROM CHAOS THAT INCLUDES CHAOS (08 March 2019 - 03 May 2019) at gb agency in Paris. Robert Breer's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called TEN YEARS AFTER and took place at Simon Preston in New York, the United States from the 22 March 2018 to 10 May 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The US, especially New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub came to be in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art capital. The predominance of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has provided 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 flourished in the United States. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as alternative 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 Robert Breer

Born in 1926, Robert Breer was largely inspired by the 1930s growing up. 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 characterised 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 subjects and ideas to try to impact society. Themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes became prevalent in the work of many artists.

Robert Breer

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