Aleksei Leonidovich Antonov

1957

Artist biography

Aleksei Leonidovich Antonov is an established contemporary artist, Aleksei Leonidovich Antonov was born in 1957. Also born in 1957 and of this same generation are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Bowes, Christine Comyn, John Akomfrah, and Di Matteo Gabriele.

Further Biographical Context for Aleksei Leonidovich Antonov

Aleksei Leonidovich Antonov was born in 1957 and was largely influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the spacious 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 cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art scene, ensuring that global artists continued to flock to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate throughout the next decade.

Aleksei Leonidovich Antonov

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