Sally Gall

1956 · United States

Artist biography

Sally Gall is an established artist, who originates from the United States. Sally Gall was born in 1956. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

About Sally Gall's works

Sally Gall plays a pivotal role in the fields of Abstraction, Conceptual and Figuration. Abstraction, in literal terms, means distancing or suppressing one thing from another. When it comes to the visual arts, it can be understood as creating an artwork which moves away from a true representational reference point. The movement was born in the early 20th century, and can be seen as an attempt to release the artist’s creative energy, through freedom and constant self-renewal. In abstract artworks, the object is simplified, with the use of colours and textures, thus creating a fundamentally new idea of reality. Abstract art can be traced back to Impressionism, and paved the way for a significant number of movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism, which is still considered to be one the most powerful contemporary art movements. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Abstraction include Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, or Pablo Picasso.

Defined as a movement in the late 1960s, simultaneously in Europe and America, Conceptual art was significantly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism, although it took a step further in defying all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art. Defining Conceptual art can be complex, as the boundaries are not clearly defined, and constantly shifting. The artworks can take the form of almost anything, but the core idea remains the same - the strategies and concepts behind the art are more important than the finished artwork itself. The conceptual artists use a variety of materials and forms to freely explore the myriad of possibilities through which they want to convey their message. Some of the most prominent figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. French artist Marcel Duchamp is thought to be the forefather of Conceptualism, with his artwork Fontaine, where he controversially tried to blur the line between art and reality.

In essence, figurative art is art which depicts familiar aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition seems to be rather simple, figuration still remains in its very essence more than just a depiction of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be executed are infinite, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever changing category, in which Sally Gall's work is mainly grounded. Some critically acclaimed artists known for their contribution to figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Sally Gall is represented and exhibited by Julie Saul Gallery located in New York, the United States. Sally Gall most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York with the exhibition SHE. The exhibition was open from 09 October 2019 until 07 December 2019. Sally Gall's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Julie Saul Gallery in New York (19 June 2019 - 25 July 2019) with the name 19 Years at 535 and Julie Saul Gallery in New York (04 January 2019 - 03 March 2019) with the name Heavenly Creatures .

Currently, Sally Gall has one artwork for sale at Artland.

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 idea of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting 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 granted 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 significant art movements that blossomed in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as diverse 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 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 Sally Gall

Born in 1956, Sally Gall grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all representative of a strong desire to progress and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous 1960s. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre regained its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and popularity, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-platform activity that no other visual artist OF his standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. Across the globe, numerous movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the new radical ideologies it occasioned strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also gained critical and commercial success. The critical, leading artistic figures of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

Sally Gall

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