Samuel Jablon

1986 · United States

Artist biography

Samuel Jablon is an early career emerging artist, who originates from the United States, like other well-known artists such as Valerie Keane, Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, Don Doe, Merritt Friend, and Clint Jukkala. Samuel Jablon was born in 1986.

About Samuel Jablon's work

Samuel Jablon's work is fundamentally characteristic of Expressionism. Expressionism first appeared as a reaction to French Impressionism, and mainly developed from 1905 to 1920. More than just an art movement, it is considered as an international current that encompasses a number of fields spanning from literature to art. The main idea in Expressionist paintings is to distort reality, as to vigorously depict the subjectivity of the artist. Expressionist artists were trying to express their emotions with the use of spontaneous brushwork, textural elements and distorted figures, which would gradually progress towards Abstraction. Expressionism can be also be seen as a reaction to industrialisation and modernisation which undeniably brought about feelings of alienation and isolation, as depicted in Edvard’s Munch painting The Scream. A few critically acclaimed Expressionist artists include Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Samuel Jablon's work is on display in two galleries, which are Ballon Rouge Collective in Brussels, Belgium and Freight + Volume in New York, the United States. Samuel Jablon's most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Freight + Volume in New York (19 March 2020 until 19 April 2020) with the exhibition Pungent Dystopia.

At present, Samuel Jablon has a total of five artworks for sale at Artland.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously considered as the most important art centre internationally. Major art movements developed and fostered in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a prevailing influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 Samuel Jablon

Born in 1986, Samuel Jablon was primarily inspired by the 1990s growing up. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as shown in the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline. In Japan, a trend began to develop in response to the boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the 1980s. The comic book culture of manga appeared as an art form, and was allied to trends in advertising and graphic design. One of the prominent contemporary Japanese artists was Takashi Murakami, who coined the term ‘Superflat’, a theory inspired by the visual characteristics of manga and the nature of post-war Japanese culture. Having been inspired by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami formed an influential collective of artists called Kaikai Kiki, which became internationally recognised in a number of countries. Conceptual photography began to gain popularity, and was particularly inspired by German ideas and artists. German artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and in turn artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall created images with a cinematic quality that was inspired by the German artists’ work. In terms of painting, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the artistic community.

Samuel Jablon

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