Walter Robinson

1950 · United States

Artist biography

Walter Robinson is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Walter Robinson was born in 1950. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Chuck Close, Robert Mappelthorpe, Bruce Nauman, Laurie Andersen and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Walter Robinson's work. These are Galerie Sébastien Bertrand in Geneva, Switzerland and Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, the United States. Walter Robinson most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Stems Gallery in Brussels (07 June 2018 until 07 July 2018) with the exhibition EPISODE 18. Walter Robinson's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; PRETTY WOMAN (27 March 2019 - 10 May 2019) at Galerie Derouillon in Paris and Still Life: An Ongoing Story (26 September 2019 - 22 November 2019) at Galerie Sébastien Bertrand in Geneva. Walter Robinson's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called EPISODE 18 and took place at Stems Gallery in Brussels, Belgium from the 07 June 2018 to 07 July 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development 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 significant art hub worldwide. 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 a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence upon the worldwide visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of world renowned 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 Robinson

Born in 1950, Walter Robinson was primarily influenced by the 1960s. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging at a similar time. On one hand, Pop espoused the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. The work of art by artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Claes Oldenberg was inspired by the popular culture of the rapidly developing Capitalism of the United States, using things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their primary visual inspiration. A parallel movement developed on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the initial flowerings of conceptual art. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, based solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was a powerful offshoot of minimalism, a discipline made famous by through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Globally, a number of artistic movements resonated the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialties and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinctive approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Walter Robinson

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