William S. Burroughs

1914 · United States

Artist biography

William S. Burroughs is an established artist, who was born in the United States. William S. Burroughs was born in 1914. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Dorothea Tanning, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston.

Galleries and Exhibitions

William S. Burroughs is represented by 4 galleries around the world, including countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland. Galleries include October Gallery in London, Semiose in Paris, and Galerie Carzaniga in Basel. William S. Burroughs' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Atmospheres at October Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 05 February 2020 until 27 March 2020. William S. Burroughs' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; October Gallery in London (10 April 2019 - 24 May 2019) with the name DREAM NO SMALL DREAM and Galleri Tom Christoffersen in Copenhagen (12 August 2017 - 09 September 2017) with the name Paintings & Drawings. William S. Burroughs' first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Paintings & Drawings and took place at Galleri Tom Christoffersen in Copenhagen, Denmark from the 12 August 2017 to 09 September 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art centre worldwide. Leading art movements established and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a powerful influence over the global visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important 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 S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs was born in 1914, grew up during the 1930s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the conflict between many 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 modesty and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to delve into political subjects and attempted to use their art to impact society. Topics including poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were predominant in many artists’ work.

William S. Burroughs

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