Walter Houmere

1895 · United States

Artist biography

Walter Houmere is an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Walter Houmere was born in 1895. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Man Ray, Norman Rockwell, Robert Brackman, Dorothea Lange and Alexander Calder.

Walter Houmere's Gallery representation

Walter Houmere is represented by Richard Norton Gallery in Chicago, the United States.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural importance of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly thought of as the most important art centre in the world. Leading art movements established and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, 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 international visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political systems. Key examples of critically acclaimed 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 Walter Houmere

Born in 1895, Walter Houmere was largely inspired by the 1900s and 1910s. The dynamic development of pictorial art defined the first decades of the twentieth century. It was an era of experimentation and post-Impressionism, with artists first delving into Expressionism and Abstraction. A variety of collectives and groups of artists across the globe evolved different ways of articulating these crucial innovations. The first twenty years of the twentieth century can be considered to be the most fruitful, and are considered as the era in art history when modern and modernist philosophies first began to take hold culturally. Mechanisation in production and ideas of order and rationality enabled the discipline of architecture to develop at an extraordinary rate, and was epitomised in the work of Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld. Bauhaus was predominant during this era and defined the idea of a common discipline across all modes of creative art. Most, if not all, of the ideologies of important art movements that we associate with modern and contemporary art can be traced back to the diverse range of work produced at this time.

Walter Houmere

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