Zackary Drucker

1983 · United States

Artist biography

Zackary Drucker is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born in the the United States, like other celebrated artists such as Nicole Wittenberg, Mark Shetabi, Ron Gorchov, Jessie Homer French, and James Fee. Zackary Drucker was born in 1983.

About Zackary Drucker's works

Zackary Drucker is regarded as a main figure in the fields of Digital, Figuration and Conceptual. Shortly described, digital art is art that exploits digital technology or is presented through digital technology - it is sort of a fusion between art and technology. For instance, this could include images entirely fashioned on computer, or hand-drawn images scanned into a computer and completed using a software program. Digital art can also involve other techniques and mediums. Animations and 3D virtual sculpture renderings are often used, as well as other projects blending more than one technology. The term digital art was first used and seen in the 1980s, where artists started to play around with computer painting programs. Since its institution, it has popularized new ways to produce art, which Zackary Drucker has exploited.

In essence, figurative art is art which represents recognizable aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition appears to be rather humble, figuration still remains in its very core more than just a portrayal of reality. Indeed, the different styles in which figurative art can be executed are endless, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever changing category, in which Zackary Drucker's work is mainly grounded. Some critically acclaimed artists known for their impact on figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Defined as a movement in the late 1960s, simultaneously in Europe and America, Conceptual art was highly influenced by the purity of Minimalism, although it took a step further in defying all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art. Defining Conceptual art can be complex, as the boundaries are not clearly defined, and constantly shifting. The artworks can take the form of almost anything, but the essential idea remains the same - the strategies and concepts behind the art are more important than the finished artwork itself. The conceptual artists use a variety of materials and forms to freely explore the multitude of possibilities through which they want to convey their message. Some of the most critically acclaimed figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. French artist Marcel Duchamp is thought to be the forefather of Conceptualism, with his artwork Fontaine, where he famously tried to blur the line between art and reality.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Zackary Drucker's work is available for viewing at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in the United States. Zackary Drucker's work has most recently been exhibited at Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York (23 October 2019 until 19 December 2019) with the exhibition THE FEMALE LENS. Zackary Drucker's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in the United States (12 July 2019 - 16 August 2019) with the name I've got a good mind to give up living and go shopping instead and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in the United States (11 January 2019 - 08 February 2019) with the name Mother Comes To Venus. Zackary Drucker's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Mother Comes To Venus and took place at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in the United States from the 11 January 2019 to 08 February 2019.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural status of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most powerful art centre internationally.

Major art movements developed and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence over the visual culture of the World, due to the hegemony of its economic and political institutions. 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 Zackary Drucker

Zackary Drucker was born in 1983 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'.

Also gaining prominence at this time was a developing trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form a significant group called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exerted a notable influence on younger artists.

A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and highly sensitive advancements of conceptualism as shown in the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Relational Aesthetics became a key idea. It was a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s to describe the tendency to make art based on, or inspired by, human relations and their social context. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this idea.

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