Walter De Maria

1935 · United States

Artist biography

Walter De Maria is an established contemporary artist, who was born in the United States. Walter De Maria was born in 1935. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Sol LeWitt, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Dan Flavin.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Walter De Maria is represented by two galleries, which are Gagosian | Geneva in Switzerland and Gagosian | 555 West 24th Street in the United States. Walter De Maria most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Gagosian | Grosvenor Hill in London (24 January 2019 until 23 March 2019) with the exhibition Idea to Action to Object. Walter De Maria's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Solo Exhibition (16 October 2016 - 21 April 2017) at Gagosian | Le Bourget in Paris and Beyond Mud and Stones (15 January 2020 - 21 February 2020) at Loom Gallery in Milan. Walter De Maria's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Solo Exhibition and took place at Gagosian | Le Bourget in Paris, France from the 16 October 2016 to 21 April 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, in particular New York city, endures as a central 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 influential art hub came to be in the post war era, and the city thrived in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art centre. The authority of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern sphere 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 flourished in the US. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period 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 Walter De Maria

Born in 1935, Walter De Maria's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism prevailed in the 1950s as a chief method of painting, and explored ideas concerning the sublime and spirituality. Artists endeavoured to focus on painting’s formal properties, and Action Painting took inspiration from the political freedoms of the United States, in opposition to the limitations of the Soviet bloc. Important artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In subsequent revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been recognised, amongst many other female creatives.

Walter De Maria

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