Willie Cole

1955 · United States

Artist biography

Willie Cole is an established contemporary artist, who was born in the United States. Willie Cole was born in 1955. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Willie Cole's work, which are Alexander and Bonin in New York, the United States and GAVLAK in Los Angeles, the United States. Willie Cole most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Alexander and Bonin in New York with the exhibition Mary’s New Home and other works. The exhibition was open from 26 June 2019 until 15 August 2019. Willie Cole's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Alexander and Bonin in New York (02 May 2019 - 21 June 2019) with the name Bella Figura and David Lewis in New York (16 September 2018 - 28 October 2018) with the name The Assassination of Leon Trotsky. Willie Cole's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Art Basel Miami Beach and took place at GAVLAK | Palm Beach in Miami, the United States from the 06 December 2017 to 11 December 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously thought of as the most significant art centre in the world. Major art movements developed and cultivated in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has cultivated a prevailing influence upon the international visual culture, due to the dominion 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 Willie Cole

Born in 1955, Willie Cole was primarily influenced by the distinctive cultural milieu of 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant tensions of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. International movements gained prominence included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed substantial commercial and critical success. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the dominant critical and institutional levers in New York.

Willie Cole

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