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Chinese Conceptual Artist

Movement: Conceptual Art

Born: August 28, 1957 - Beijing, China

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese Conceptual artist and activist. His pieces explore many themes, including history, society, human rights, and the freedom of speech. Weiwei's open critique of the Chinese government has caused him many problems with Chinese authorities and challenged the establishment in an epic way.

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Chinese Painter, Installation, and Performance Artist

Movements and Styles: Postmodernism, Installation Art, Conceptual Art, Land Art, Performance Art

Born: December 8, 1957 - Quanzhou, Fujian, China

Cai Guo-Qiang utilizes gunpowder and fireworks to offer a new form of performance and spectacle, in insight of the beauty in destruction.

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British-Indian Sculptor, Painter, and Installation Artist

Movements and Styles: Post-Minimalism, Neo-Expressionism, Installation Art

Born: 1954 - Mumbai, India

Anish Kapoor is a leading contemporary sculptor and conceptual artist whose work is characterized by its simple and organic forms, that are both earthly and ethereal - such as Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millenium Park.

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Japanese-American Painter, Sculptor, Photographer, Installation, Performance, and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminist Art, Performance Art

Born: 1929

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese multimedia artist, best-known for her awe-inspiring and captivating installations of polka dots and psychedelic colors. Through her installations, poetry, paintings, performances, and film she importantly contributed to many of the post-war art movements.

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Chinese Painter

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Born: 1953 - Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Liu Dan's modernist twist on traditional landscapes and nearly photorealistic watercolors of common objects exemplify his exploration of the Eastern and Western artistic legacies.

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Japanese Painter, Sculptor, Installation artist, Curator, Art Critic, and Cultural Entrepreneur

Movements and Styles: Superflat, Neo Pop Art

Born: February 1, 1962 - Tokyo, Japan

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami draws on Japanese popular culture to create his anime-like style he calls Superflat, notable for its flat planes of bright color. He uses and abuses the confluence between high and low art, producing both commercial luxury goods, cheap trinkets, and fine art.

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American Sculptor and Designer

Movements and Styles: Surrealism, Social Realism

Born: November 17, 1904 - Los Angeles, California

Died: December 30, 1988 - New York, New York

Isamu Noguchi was a Japanese-American modern artist. Best known for his organic, biomorphic sculpture works, Noguchi was also a furniture designer and landscape artist.

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Japanese-American Conceptual and Performance Artist, and Musician

Movements and Styles: Happenings, Fluxus, Performance Art, Conceptual Art

Born: February 18, 1933 - Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Ono is a Japanese-American artist, musician, author, and peace activist, known for her work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking as well as her marriage to the lendary John Lennon. Ono was highly succcesful iin bringing feminism to the forefront of the art world through her performance and conceptual pieces.

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Korean American Composer, Performer, Sculptor, Video and Digital Artist

Movements and Styles: Performance Art, Body Art

Born: July 20, 1932 - Seoul, South Korea

Died: January 29, 2006 - Miami, Florida, United States

Nam June Paik worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the first video artist. Paik is credited with coining the term "information superhighway" and was known for making robots out of television sets.

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Japanese-American Photographer

Movements and Styles: Modern Photography, Conceptual Art

Born: February 23, 1948 - Tokyo, Japan

Sugimoto explores abstract concepts, such as time, vision, and belief, through meticulously balanced, conceptual photographs of itself.

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Chinese Performance Artist, Photographer, and Sculptor

Movement: Performance Art

Born: 1965 - Anyang, Henan Province, China

The Chinese Zhang Huan's performances are confrontational and personally dangerous, often engaging with overpopulation, cultural erasure, political repression, and poverty.

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Erotic Artists
Artists whose depictions had a significant erotic component.
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Satirical Artists
Artists that used humor, satire, wit, exaggeration, and ridicule in a significant part of their work.
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Artists central to Jewish Art or made art that is connected to Jewish experience.
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Landscape Painters
Artists that painted various types of landscapes. Dont miss our pages on landscape movements such Luminism, Tonalism, Hudson River School, The Barbizon School, Peredvizhniki, Naturalism, and Impressionism.
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LGBT Artists
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