Ruth Bernhard

1905 · United States

Artist biography

Ruth Bernhard is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Ruth Bernhard was born in 1905. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Arshile Gorky.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ruth Bernhard's work is available on viewing in Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles, the United States and Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco, the United States. Ruth Bernhard's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Child: A Celebration at Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles, the United States. The exhibition was open from 01 March 2019 until 13 September 2019. Ruth Bernhard's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; New Beginnings: California (31 July 2019 - 19 September 2019) at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco and Women of the West (06 September 2018 - 20 October 2018) at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco. Ruth Bernhard's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Women of the West and took place at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco, the United States from the 06 September 2018 to 20 October 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, in particular New York city, remains as a focal 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 influential art hub appeared in the post war era, and the city thrived in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art capital. The authority 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 blossomed in the US. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed 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 Ruth Bernhard

Ruth Bernhard was born in 1905 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the first years of the twentieth century. To have this time as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by innovative practitioners of the visual arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw important shifts in politics. Marxism was a predominant political ideology which was also enormously influential among artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an important place surrounding notions in favour of the unification of art, craft and design disciplines – an idea that became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk. Surrealism came to be the predominant expressive mode of the 1920s, and was aided by the liberalism of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which was an environment that allowed for tremendous creative blossoming.

Ruth Bernhard

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