Davey, Grenville (b.1961)
British sculptor in the style of Minimalism-meets-Pop, member of Young
British Artists movement; won Turner Prize in 1992; now Professor of Sculpture
at the University of East London.
Deacon, Richard (b.1949)
Welsh sculptor, noted for large-scale public sculptures in plywood, stainless
steel, vinyl, leather, as well as wood, clay, metal and plastics; organic
shapes. Won Turner Prize in 1987.
De Andrea, John (b.1941)
American hyperrealist sculptor specializing in female nudes.
Deller, Jeremy (b.1966)
Postmodernist artist awarded the Turner Prize winner in 2004 for his documentary-style
film Memory Bucket (2003). Also involved in postal art, as well
as collections of folk and vernacular art such as The Uses of Literacy:
"Manic Street Preachers" (1999).
Emin, Tracey (b.1963)
Controversial but popular postmodernist artist; member of the 1980s Young
British Artists group; noted for shocking contemporary works of so-called
art, incorporating suggestive imagery and "found
objects", such as My Bed (1999).
Estes, Richard (b.1932)
American superrealist painter of urban street scenes, executed in photographic
Fritsch, Katharina (b.1956)
German sculptor who often used life-size figures, minus plinth, to permit
easier 'access' by the observer. Important works include Yellow Madonna
(1987) and Rat-King (1993).
Gehry, Frank O. (b.1929)
Leading postmodernist designer, champion of Deconstructivism. For similar
individuals, see: American
Gilbert & George
Pair of male postmodernist conceptual artists with worldwide following,
involved in performance art, photomontage, video and mixed media. Best
remembered for The Singing Sculpture (1970), a 'living sculpture'
performance in which they danced to a recording of the 1931 musical hall
song 'Underneath the Arches'. Turner
Prize winners in 1986.
Goldin, Nan (b.1953)
Contemporary American camera artist, noted for her photos of marginalized
groups and feminist issues.
Goldsworthy, Andy (b.1956)
British sculptor and land artist who relies on 'found' objects such as
shrubs, twigs, leaves, icicles, snow, sand and stones. Often explores
issues of growth and decay.
Gordon, Douglas (b.1966)
Video and installation artist; also uses photography and Hollywood cinematic
themes; Turner Prize winner 1996.
Gormley, Antony (b.1950)
British sculptor, Turner Prize winner (1994), after using his own body
as a cast for lead sculptures, he is now best known for his colossal public
figure known as Angel of the North.
Gursky, Andreas (b.1955)
One of postmodernism's greatest art photographers,
his photograph, entitled "Rhein II" (1999), sold at Christie's
New York in November 2011 for a whopping $4,338,500.
Haake, Hans (b.1936)
Controversial German artist, active in the USA, who uses installations
and other genres as a form of political art. Possesses great visual rhetoric,
sense of history which serves him well in his institutional critique
approach. Has exhibited in many of the most prestigious museums of contemporary
Haring, Keith (1958-90)
US graffiti artist, friends with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scarf,
noted for his cartoon figures and lively colours, as in his Crack is
Wack mural painting. Began with
chalks before gravitating to acrylics, marker ink and Day-Glo paint.
Hesse, Eva (1936-70)
German-born American sculptor, an exponent of 'Eccentric Abstraction'
and Post-minimalism. Also associated with Process Art, a genre which used
unstable materials that deteriorated or decayed without the artist having
Hirst, Damien (b.1965)
Painter, sculptor, installation artist, patronized by Charles
Saatchi (b.1943); became world's most successful living artist. Won
Turner Prize in 1995. Key works include: The Physical Impossibility
of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991); Pharmacy (1992); Mother
and Child Divided (1993); Away From the Flock (1994); and For
the Love of God (2007).
Hockney, David (b.1937)
English artist and draughtsman, pioneered postmodernist Californian portraiture;
also produced pop-art style swimming-pool paintings.
Holzer, Jenny (b.1950)
One of the foremost exponents of Feminist art, she uses text as a visual
art form along with colourful LED signs.
Horn, Rebecca (b.1944)
German performance/installation artist, filmmaker and sculptor. Creates
highly original installations with surprising, unpredictable machines.
Entertaining and thought-provoking, occasionally alarming art.
Hotere, Ralph (b.1931)
New Zealand painter, sculptor and installation artist, noted for use of
black colour and materials like corrugated iron.
Hume, Gary (b.1962)
Painter and sculptor, member of Young British Artists group; best known
for his paintings of popular figures/images in highly reflective gloss
Johns, Jasper (b.1930)
One of the most successful modern artists
during the second half of the 20th century, he was an early Pop-art painter,
sculptor and printmaker who pioneered the use of mundane objects, like
flags, maps, beer cans in fine art.
Jonas, Joan (b.1936)
Video, installation and performance artist, who created a number of groundbreaking
performance videos. In 2005 she became Professor of Visual Arts at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Judd, Donald (1928-94)
American avant-garde abstract sculptor, highly influential exponent of
minimalism, who used industrial
materials like plexiglass, sheet metal, plywood. Commemorated by his museum
in Marfa, Texas.
Kabakov, Ilya (b.1933)
Ukrainian installation artist now active in New York, specializing in
'immersive' installations reflecting aspects of communist rule.
Kapoor, Anish (b.1954)
Indian-born sculptor, British Turner Prize winner (1991), noted for his
monumental sculptures and site-specific installations.
Kawara, On (b.1932)
Japanese postmodernist painter and conceptual artist best known for minimalist
dated paintings which explore methods of communication.
Kiefer, Anselm (b.1945)
Highly respected German painter, sculptor and lens-based artist whose
works tackle historical taboos involving issues such as Nazi rule and
German responsibility for the Holocaust.
Kippenberger, Martin (b.1953)
Painter, printmaker, sculptor, installation artist and self-publicist
occupied with absurdist projects ("art is what you can get away with").
Member of Junge Wild, a group of unconventional German artists
concerned with the aftermath of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Also
founded the Lord Jim Lodge group.
Klein, Yves (1928-62)
French painter, first authentic postmodernist conceptual and performance
artist; patented his own colour pigment - International Klein Blue (IKB).
Koons, Jeff (b.1955)
Neo-Pop sculptor who uses mass-produced consumerist objects as works of
art. These kitsch-like works have been followed by large-scale artworks
including the highly innovative Puppy (1992) made from plants and
Kounellis, Jannis (b.1936)
Greek installation artist, member of Arte Povera movement, who creates
installations out of unorthodox materials including live animals, like
horses and parrots, and gas flames.
Kusama, Yayoi (b.1929)
Japanese installation and performance artist, best remembered for her
Happenings, often involving nudity, and her
phallic imagery decorated with polka dots.