William Garnett

1916 · United States

Artist biography

William Garnett is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. William Garnett was born in 1916. 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 Garnett is represented and exhibited by Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco, the United States. William Garnett most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco with the exhibition The Big Picture Show. The exhibition was open from 05 March 2020 until 19 March 2020. William Garnett's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Abstractions, A–Z, which took place at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco, the United States (25 October 2018 - 01 December 2018).

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most important art hub in the world. Leading art movements established and fostered in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied 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 types. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a strong influence over the global visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Garnett

William Garnett was born in 1916 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1930s. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the period. In the United States, the Great Depression had a major impact on artistic output, and artists began to focus on the idea of modesty and of the ordinary man on the streets. The focus of art in the United States also began to take a more political turn for the first time, and artists used these subjects and ideas to attempt to impact society. Topics such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes became prevalent in the work of many artists.

William Garnett

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