William Baziotes

1912 · United States

Artist biography

William Baziotes is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from the United States. William Baziotes was born in 1912. Born in the same country and around the same year are Lee Mullican, Louise Bourgeois, Dorothea Tanning, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell.

Galleries and Exhibitions

William Baziotes is represented and exhibited by Hollis Taggart Galleries in New York, the United States. William Baziotes most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York (20 November 2019 until 24 January 2020) with the exhibition Globalism Pops BACK Into View: The Rise of Abstract Expressionism. William Baziotes' only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Spiritual by Nature, which took place at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York, the United States (14 June 2019 - 01 August 2019).

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most significant art centre globally. Leading art movements established and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a strong influence over the global visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political structures. 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 William Baziotes

William Baziotes was born in 1912, grew up during the 1930s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of a number of political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. Artistic output in the United States was heavily impacted at the time by the Great Depression, and a number of artists took to focusing on ideas of humility and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to explore into political subjects and attempted to use their art to impact society. Themes including poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were predominant in many artists’ work.

William Baziotes

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