Ryan Mcnamara

1979 · United States

Artist biography

Ryan Mcnamara is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United States, like other prominent artists such as David Reed, Mark Flood, Brendan Sullivan, Lisa Sanditz, and Samuel T Adams. Ryan Mcnamara was born in 1979.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ryan Mcnamara's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in Italy and the United States. Some of those galleries are Brand New Gallery in Milan, as well as Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown and Mary Boone Gallery | Chelsea in New York. Ryan Mcnamara's work has most recently been exhibited at ASHES/ASHES in New York (31 October 2019 until 14 December 2019) with the exhibition Dark Mode (2014–2019).

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most significant art hub worldwide. Major art movements developed and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern repetitions of these many types. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence upon the worldwide visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political structures. Key examples of critically acclaimed U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Ryan Mcnamara

Ryan Mcnamara was born in 1979 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Relational Aesthetics became a key idea. It was a term created by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s to describe the tendency to make art based on, or inspired by, human relations and their social context. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline.

Ryan Mcnamara

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