Willie Doherty

1959 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Willie Doherty is an established artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Willie Doherty was born in 1959. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Willie Doherty's work, including galleries in countries such as Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Willie Doherty's work include Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz in Madrid, Galerie Peter Kilchmann in Zurich, as well as Alexander and Bonin in New York. Willie Doherty most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Alexander and Bonin in New York (19 May 2017 until 16 July 2017) with the exhibition Bridge.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an important centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained tremendous wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been to a great extent overshadowed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became an important hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some notable British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Willie Doherty

Born in 1959, Willie Doherty was predominantly influenced by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant strains of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. New York maintained an prominent position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to flock to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. n Japan and Korea, artists associated with the Mono-Ha movement explored on encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, arranging them in mostly unaltered, fleeting conditions. The works focused on the interplay between these various elements and the surrounding space, and had a strong focus upon the European philosophy of phenomenology.

Willie Doherty

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