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Art Watch : Bruce Houston

Bruce Houston is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across any discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.

Exploring with construction and assemblages, Houston has been paying homage to Artists of the past with his ‘Trucks’ since 1985, when his ‘Mondrian Corner Truck’ brought his critical acclaim and success, after pursuing an art career for over 25 years. When asked, at his show at the Jan Baum Gallery, in 1985 he said “Mondrian saved me, and I feel very grateful”.

“Mondrian saved me, and I feel very grateful,” he said, “I’d been so down. I hadn’t really worked for a year and a half, but I didn’t tell anyone. I had lost my passion really, and I was devastated by it.”

Bruce Houston is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in the United States in 1937. Houston is a contemporary of Ray Harryhausen, Gene Davis, Diane Arbus, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichenstein. They were all born in the same country and around the same year.

Why Bruce Houston?

There were several major art movements that developed and were cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States. Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art. Along with this were a multitude of post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has exercised a strong influence upon the visual culture of the world. Due to the hegemony of its economic and political institutions. The artists were edgy and individual and created art that was authentic and its own individual language.

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.

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