A Very Serious Analysis Of Abbi From Broad City's Art Career
Abbi Abrams began her career selling artwork on the streets of New York - despite having grand expectations of gallery debuts and being able to live off her art. But where did it all go from there, and how did Abrams become the artist she is today? See below to find out about the art *behind* the art. Or something.
The Early Years, 2013-2014
It was a difficult time for Abbi Abrams in the early years, as it can be for most artists. Despite her training at the Maryland Institute College of Art, things were going slow. Her first big break came when a sandwich shop offered to display her seminal piece, “Hamburger.”
The early piece epitomises Abrams’ classic style in many ways. The contemporary, cartoonish element taps into a postmodern undercutting of art's necessary worth, and evokes artists such as Maira Kalman and even David Hockney, with it’s bright, bold colours.
The Corporate Years, 2014
Capitalism makes slaves of us all. During this difficult time in Abrams’ life where her home situation became difficult because of an overbearing male housemate, she turned to the corporate world for a more stable source of income.
The work is arguably more subdued than her earlier pieces, as is sometimes the consequence of artists’ collaborations with large companies (one thinks of Hockney’s Sun logo, or Norman Rockwell’s Coca Cola pieces). Whilst this period of her life has been criticised by some, others argue that it gave Abrams the financial capacity to focus and experiment in the “Food Years.”
The Food Years, 2015 - Present day
Arguably, it is during this period that Abrams truly came into her own. Despite again being in financial difficulty and having to support her work through other careers, the pieces evoke that light-hearted playfulness of her early work, whilst also incorporating more pop cultural influence and text work.
Early records show that the pieces were priced at $40, but sometimes would go for as little as $2.
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