Wendell Castle

1932 · United States

Artist biography

Wendell Castle is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Wendell Castle was born in 1932. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Yoko Ono, Jim Dine, Eva Hesse, Joan Jonas, Frank Stella and Ed Ruscha.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Wendell Castle's work is available for viewing at Friedman Benda in New York, the United States. Wendell Castle's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Summer at Friedman Benda in New York, the United States. The exhibition was open from 19 June 2019 until 25 July 2019. Wendell Castle's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Friedman Benda in New York (04 September 2019 - 11 October 2019) with the name A New Vocabulary and Friedman Benda in New York (25 October 2018 - 15 December 2018) with the name UNDER THE NIGHT SKY. Wendell Castle's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Embracing Upheaval and took place at Friedman Benda in New York, the United States from the 22 June 2017 to 11 August 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The US, in particular New York city, remains as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art centre appeared in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art capital. The predominance of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has provided the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are significant art movements that emerged in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed 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 Wendell Castle

Born in 1932, Wendell Castle's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Wendell Castle

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