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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1959, in Barbados.

Sculptor, installation artist.

Neo-Conceptual Art (Neo-Geo), Appropriation Art, Neo-Pop Art.

Ashley Bickerton lives and works in Los Angeles. He arrived on the American art scene in the mid-1980s. With Peter Halley, Jeff Koons and Meyer Vaisman, Bickerton, he belongs to the group of artists known as the ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1953, in Chicago.

Painter.

Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art (Simulationism).

Mike Bidlo is, with American artists Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince and Jeff Koons in his early years, an exponent of Appropriation Art. Influenced by Pop Art, Appropriation Art consists of making a copy of a well-known work of art, which the artist then considers to be his or her original work. The aim of Appropriation Art is to highlight the concept of the artistic masterpiece and the uniqueness of a work of art. Bidlo 're-creates' paintings by Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Giorgio De Chirico and others, though he never obscures their unique quality. Bidlo began taking part in collective exhibitions in ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in New York.

Painter, watercolourist.

Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art.

Ross Bleckner studied at New York University, where he received a BA in 1971, and at the California Institute of Arts, obtaining an MFA in 1973. The work of Jasper Johns and other artists of the Op Art movement have been influential on Bleckner's work, as seen in his 1980s vertical stripe paintings. He is said to be one of the principal heirs of the aesthetic attitude of Andy Warhol....

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 24 September 1953, in New York.

Painter, sculptor.

Neo-Conceptual Art (Neo-Geo), Appropriation Art (Simulationism).

Peter Halley studied at Yale University, receiving a BA in 1975, and at the University of New Orleans, where he obtained an MFA in 1978...

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American, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1955, in York (Pennsylvania).

Assemblage artist, installation artist, photographer, mixed media. Multimedia.

Neo-Conceptual Art (Neo-Geo), Appropriation Art, Neo-Pop Art.

Jeff Koons trained for three years at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and subsequently at the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in New York, Germany and Italy. Before embarking on an artistic career he worked on Wall Street as a commodities broker, and his artwork and his conception of the role of the artist remain suffused with ideas and concepts drawn from this earlier experience: the artist survives by supplying commodities to a specific market, governed by the laws of consumerism, speculation and marketing....

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1947, in Bronxville (New York).

Painter (including mixed media), installation artist. Multimedia.

Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art.

Louise Lawler lives and works in New York. Her paintings and installations play on the contrasts between presentation and perception. Her work incorporates photography, installations, objects, texts and graphic elements, often appropriating existing works by other artists, notably Duchamp. These are repositioned in order to explore the public's changing response to an object in the context of a specific physical, social or economic setting: the content of Lawler's works is defined by their surrounding environment. She sought to challenge the role of museums as arbiters of taste, and espoused the anti-institutionalist movement in 1970s art....

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American, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1947, in Hazleton (Pennsylvania).

Photographer, painter, draughtsman, watercolourist, lithographer, installation artist.

Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art (Simulationism).

Sherrie Levine was a student at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, from 1969 to 1973, where she studied photography. After obtaining her diploma, she lived in Berkeley, and then established herself in New York....

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1953, in Brooklyn (New York), United States.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, performance artist. Scenes with figures. Multimedia.

Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art (Simulationism).

Robert Longo served an apprenticeship in the restoration of paintings in Italy, and studied the history of art at the Accademia in Florence. He subsequently visited the art galleries of Europe, in particular the Musée Rodin in Paris. He took part in the foundation of the alternative space ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1959, in Bridgeport (Connecticut).

Painter, draughtsman, mixed media.

Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art.

Peter Nagy lives and works in Brooklyn (New York). For a long time Nagy exclusively used xerography to reproduce black-and-white images and symbols from the consumer society, as well as references to the history of art. He reduces his models to signs. Of late he has also realised abstract works....

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in the Panama Canal zone.

Painter, photographer.

Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art (Simulationism), Neo-Pop Art.

Richard Prince used the technique of 'appropriation' that was popular in the 1980s with those who were influenced by Post-Modernist ideas. In his photographs, which made him famous, he takes new pictures of existing advertising images, deleting the text of the commercial advertisement. In this way he isolates the persona of such characters as the famous ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 28 September 1952, in Norman (Oklahoma).

Painter (including mixed media), watercolourist, collage artist, draughtsman. Figures, nudes. Stage sets.

Bad Painting, Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art.

David Salle studied at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, where he was taught by John Baldessari. He worked on the American magazine ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 19 January 1954 , in Glen Ridge (New Jersey).

Photographer, filmmaker Figures, portraits.

Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art (Simulationism), Identity Art (Feminist Art).

In 1972, Cindy Sherman enrolled at the State University of New York at Buffalo, first focusing on painting before discovering the expressive potential in photography. While in college, Sherman began to formulate characters. At first a personal exploration of identity, the characters became the basis of her photographic art. Sherman’s early works were influenced by conceptual and performance artists such as Lynda Benglis and Vito Acconci. To create her photographs, Sherman works alone, acting as model, makeup artist, costume designer, and photographer. Her characters are often suggested to the artist through experimentation with costume, props, and prosthetics that alter and even distort her appearance....

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1955, in Elizabeth (New Jersey).

Painter (mixed media).

Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art (Simulationism).

Philip Taaffe studied at the Cooper Union, New York. He has travelled in the Far East, India, South America and Morocco, and he lived in Italy, mostly in Naples, in ...