African American painter, collagist, and author. Bearden is best known for his collages, which often addressed urban themes (e.g. The Dove). He was a founding member of Spiral, a group of African American artists who started meeting at his downtown New York studio in 1963. He also published essays and cartoons, designed book jackets, magazine and album covers, and is widely regarded as the first African American artist to successfully enter the mainstream of the contemporary art world. The posthumously published book he co-authored with Harry Henderson, ...
Belgian, 20th century, male.
Active since 1961 active in France.
Born 26 April 1922, in Haine-St-Pierre; died 27 September 2005, in Paris.
Sculptor, collage artist, photomontage artist, monotype artist, illustrator. Designs for jewellery, monuments.
Groups: Hainaut Surrealist group, Haute Nuit, Madí, CoBrA.
Pol Bury first stayed in France between 1929 and 1932. In 1938 he attended the academy of fine arts in Mons. In 1940 he made his debut in Surrealism with a journal entitled ...
German, 20th – 21st century, female.
Active since 1973 active in France.
Born 1954, in Biberach.
Painter (mixed media). Stage costumes.
From 1968, Domenika corresponded at length with the German sculptor Josef Beuys. In 1975 she met Rüdiger. She has exhibited in 1974, in Milan; ...
Native American (Kiowa), 20th–21st century, female.
Born 1970, on Wind River Reservation (Wyoming).
Teri Greeves applies beadwork to contemporary objects such as shoes, stilettos and trainers. Her art expresses the contemporaneity of the indigenous experience. Greeves’ reservation upbringing exposed her to bead workers from various tribal backgrounds. She formally trained at University of California–Santa Cruz (BA American Studies, ...
British, 20th century, male.
Active in the USA since 1975.
Born 9 July 1937, in Bradford (West Yorkshire).
Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, collage artist, draughtsman, engraver (etching/aquatint), lithographer, illustrator, draughtsman, photographer. Portraits, scenes with figures, interiors with figures, landscapes, still-lifes. Stage sets, stage costumes, painted ceramics...
American, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 19 August 1949, in Pasadena.
Painter (including gouache), collage artist, draughtsman, performance artist, lithographer. Stage sets, stage costumes.
Robert Kushner studied at the University of California, San Diego, where he received a BA. In 1971 he travelled in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Europe and India with Amy Goldin. He lives and works in New York. His early work in the 1970s was performance art in which his costumes (or lack of them) were as important as the performance. He was a founder of the Pattern and Decorative movement of the 1970s, and his numerous decorative works are inspired by Matisse. He views his work as a continuation and update of a vast conservative tradition, and believes in the importance of beauty in everyday life....
Belgian, 20th century, male.
Born 1909, in Brussels; died 1986, in Brussels.
Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, draughtsman (including wash), mixed media. Figures, scenes with figures, interiors, landscapes, urban landscapes, animals. Murals, stage sets, stage costumes.
Groups: La Route Libre, Apport, Jeune Peinture Belge.
Louis van Lint studied at the academy in St Joost-ten-Node under Henri Ottevaere and Jacques Maes from 1924 to 1938. Between 1936 and 1939 he was one of the founder-members of the group ...
French, 20th century, male.
Born 3 August 1955, in Bayonne; died 15 March 1994, in Paris.
Sculptor, painter (including mixed media), draughtsman, watercolourist. Wall decorations, jewels.
Philippe Marfaing attended Peninghen Art School in Paris before attending the École des Beaux-Arts. Marfaing used sculptures, watercolours, drawings, paintings and collages to address the tensions between shape and matter and later, the possibilities any image presents. He also designs jewellery. He has worked mostly in Paris and St-Jean-de-Luz. Around ...
British, 20th century, male.
Born 13 January 1904, in London; died 13 July 1978, in St James, Barbados.
Painter (mixed media), stage set designer, costume designer, interior designer, architect.
Oliver Messel's grandfather was leading Punch cartoonist, Linley Sambourne. He studied under Henry Tonks at the Slade School of Art in London ...
Kenyan and German performance artist, installation artist, photographer, and video artist. Mwangi’s work addresses notions of cultural difference, social conventions, racial categories, and national identity, primarily through an autobiographical lens. She has often utilized her body as a subject and engaged with questions related to her own African-European heritage. In ...
American, 20th century, female.
Born 8 October 1930, in New York.
Painter, engraver, sculptor, mosaicist, performance artist, mixed media. Figure compositions, scenes with figures. Murals, costumes.
Faith Ringgold trained at City University, New York. While still in New York, in 1971 she co-founded, with Kay Brown, ...
Canadian, 20th century, male.
Born 1889; died 1984.
Painter (mixed media/gouache), designer, jeweller. Stage sets.
Rolph Scarlett was drawn to abstract painting at the beginning of his career. His association with Salomon R. Guggenheim and Hilla Rebay in the 1930s and 1940s was the decisive factor in determining the direction that his career was to take. They were very taken with his work and promoted it at the museum of non-objective painting, eventually called the Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He was a speaker there, his job being to publicise the works of Kandinsky and Rudolph Bauer and raise awareness of them in the USA. He became the most fervent defender of Modernist theories in the US....
Jordana Moore Saggese
African American sculptor, jeweller, printmaker, installation artist, performance artist, and poet . Daughter of the renowned quiltmaker Elizabeth Talford Scott (b 1914), she received a BFA in art education from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, in 1970 and her MFA from Institute Allende in Mexico in ...
South African installation and multimedia artist. Searle received her MA from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, in 1995. Her work has regularly addressed the complex politics of identity in South Africa and the deep and contested historical roots that inflect its contemporary manifestations. She has often used her own body in her work and dealt with themes connected in some way to her own complicated heritage, but she has typically produced work that also speaks to broader issues of both local and global import....
Andrew Cross and Mary Chou
British sculptor, painter and installation artist. Born to Nigerian parents, he grew up in Nigeria before returning to England to study Fine Art in London at Byam Shaw School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College where he completed his MFA. Shonibare’s West African heritage has been at the heart of his work since he started exhibiting in ...
Israeli conceptual artist. He emerged as an artist, in the 1970s, without having had any formal education, addressing disparate concerns germane to conceptual art. The series Five Finger Excercise, begun in 1973, looked at the idea of sameness and uniqueness in art by covering canvases with the artist’s fingerprints. Towards the end of the decade he began to settle on a core of related themes and concerns that continued to preoccupy him. Fascinated by Modernist art’s pursuit of formalism, Toren sought metaphors for the way in which art cannibalizes itself; in so doing he has addressed issues relating to representation in art. In the series ...