Alan Brazier

1956 - 2016

Artist biography

Alan Brazier was a visual artist, Alan Brazier, born in 1956, died in 2016. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are José Luis Aguirre, Hanne Katrine Berg, Enis Aktas, Dietrich Orth, and Tsvetomir Assenov.

Further Biographical Context for Alan Brazier

Born in 1956, Alan Brazier was primarily influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant stresses of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. International movements began to gain prominence included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed momentous commercial and critical success. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the dominant critical and institutional levers in New York.

Alan Brazier

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