Todd James

1969 · United States

Artist biography

Todd James is an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Todd James was born in 1969. Artists Kara Walker, Jason Rhoades, Ellen Gallagher, Andrea Zittel, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt and Jean Michel Basquiat are of the same generation and same country as Todd James.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Todd James' work is available on display in 4 galleries around the globe, such as in Belgium, Denmark, and Spain. Some of those galleries are Alice Gallery in Belgium, as well as Edition Copenhagen and V1 in Denmark. Todd James' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Electric Ritual at Alice Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 06 September 2018 until 27 October 2018. Todd James' work has also been exhibited during the Warm Welcome exhibition at Eighteen in Copenhagen, Denmark (28 February 2020 - 03 April 2020).

Todd James in private collections

Eirik Stensrud on Artland includes Todd James' works, as well as other works produced by prominent figures of the Art world, such as Sarah Derat, Sissi Farassat, and Won Sou-Yeol.

Historical Context of United States

The US, especially New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly powerful art hub came to be in the post war era, and the city succeeded in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art capital. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has provided 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 essential art movements that blossomed in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a multitude 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 Todd James

Born in 1969, Todd James was largely influenced by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were a key decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Todd James

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 5

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