Susan Bee

1952 · United States

Artist biography

Susan Bee is an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Susan Bee was born in 1952. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Jenny Holzer, Bill Viola, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Susan Bee's work is available for viewing at A.I.R. Gallery in New York, the United States. Susan Bee's work are currently exhibiting at A.I.R. Gallery in New York with the exhibition Anywhere Out of the World: New Paintings, 2017-2020 (20 March 2020 - 19 April 2020). Susan Bee's only other exhibition is NADA House, which took place at A.I.R. Gallery in New York, the United States (01 May 2019 - 03 August 2019).

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly thought of as the most important art hub globally. Leading art movements established and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a strong influence upon the worldwide visual culture, due to the dominion 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 Susan Bee

Born in 1952, Susan Bee was predominantly influenced by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant stresses of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the spacious outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art scene, ensuring that international artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate during the next decade.

Susan Bee

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