1984 · United States
Zak Kitnick is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United States, like other famous artists such as Brown James, Jasper Spicero, Artem Mirolevich, Mark Rothko, and Derek Fordjour. Zak Kitnick was born in 1984.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Zak Kitnick is represented by two galleries, C L E A R I N G | Brussels and C L E A R I N G | New York in Belgium and the United States respectively. Zak Kitnick most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at C L E A R I N G | Brussels in Belgium (23 April 2019 until 19 July 2019) with the exhibition 12 GRAPES. Zak Kitnick's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; L’ÂGE DE RAISON (28 February 2019 - 12 April 2019) at C L E A R I N G | Brussels in Belgium and 12 GRAPES (23 April 2019 - 30 May 2019) at C L E A R I N G | Brussels in Belgium. Zak Kitnick's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called This is a Pipe: Realism and the Found Object in Contemporary Art and took place at Shane Campbell Gallery | South Loop in Chicago, the United States from the 17 February 2018 to 17 March 2018.
Historical Context of United States
The US, especially New York city, remains as a focal point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in affirming its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art capital. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has provided the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that blossomed in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed U.S artists of the contemporary period age 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 Zak Kitnick
Zak Kitnick was born in 1984, grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied group of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most famous member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this idea.