Ai Xuan

1947

Artist biography

Ai Xuan is seen as an established contemporary artist, Ai Xuan was born in 1947. Artists Pjotr ​​Müller, Ahmad Vosough Ahmadi, Henry Horenstein, Rochelle Feinstein, and Ingvar Cronhammar are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Ai Xuan

Ai Xuan was born in 1947 and was primarily influenced by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Evocative of a time stirring both faith and anger, the 1960s triggered an explosion of cutting-edge ideologies and movements, truly sensational and spectacular. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact internationally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing assumptions on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, generating new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the physical world. Born of a desire to obliterate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became influential through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was an essential by-product of the latter, at the same time critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, distinctive to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism deeply influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to portray the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the lingering angst of the meaninglessness of life.