Ross Bleckner

1949 · United States

Artist biography

Ross Bleckner is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from the United States. Ross Bleckner was born in 1949. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Chuck Close, Robert Mappelthorpe, Bruce Nauman, Laurie Andersen and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ross Bleckner is represented and exhibited by multiple galleries around the world, in countries like Italy, Greece, and the United States. Galleries include Crane Kalman Gallery in the United Kingdom, Allouche Βenias Gallery in Greece, as well as Alma Zevi | Venice in Italy. Ross Bleckner's work are currently exhibiting at Crane Kalman Gallery in London with the exhibition An Exhibition of Modern British, American and European Art (26 February 2020 - 25 April 2020). Ross Bleckner's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; FELDPHANTOM (21 May 2019 - 18 June 2019) at Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska in Salzburg and OVER THE RAINBOW (20 June 2019 - 26 July 2019) at Mirat in Madrid. Ross Bleckner's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called PAINTINGS and took place at Mary Boone Gallery | Chelsea in New York, the United States from the 20 November 2018 to 20 December 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, particularly 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 concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern sphere has provided 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 alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations 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 Ross Bleckner

Ross Bleckner was born in 1949 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1960s. The 1960s were a sensational decade internationally, bearing witness to great increase of modernist philosophies and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the 20th century, and was characterised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place globally. Psychedelia, an massive increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further defined the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, based solely on line, colour and geometric form as key constituents of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further explored some of the expressive philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, but reduced much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that related this practice to Minimalism. Globally, a number of artistic movements resonated the creative concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional specialisms and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Ross Bleckner

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