Alfonso Albacete

1950 · Spain

Artist biography

Alfonso Albacete is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born and brought up in Spain. Alfonso Albacete was born in 1950. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Miquel Barceló and Juan Muñoz.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Alfonso Albacete's work is on display at Galería Marlborough | Madrid in Spain. Alfonso Albacete's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Grabado Español Contemporáneo at Galería Marlborough | Madrid in Spain. The exhibition was open from 08 January 2020 until 07 February 2020. Alfonso Albacete's only other exhibition is Destiempo, which took place at Galería Marlborough | Madrid in Spain (14 September 2017 - 21 October 2017).

Historical Context of Spain

The influence of Spain was significant in developing the art of the twentieth century. Initially with his Blue then Rose periods, although he would eventually relocate to Paris in 1904, Picasso unfolded a truly expressive approach to figuration in the early 1900s, the era of post-Impressionism. Pablo Picasso is also thought to be the most influential original member of Cubism, a major art movement in which he would also be joined by Spanish artist Juan Gris. While they were established in France for the majority part of their respective artistic careers, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were both highly influential figures in the Surrealist movement. The political and cultural landscape of Spain in the twentieth century was governed by the totalitarian dictatorship of General Franco, whose regime subjugated the country from 1939 to 1975. His death induced a restoration of the monarchy to Juan-Carlos I, who thus reformed the State. The Franco dictatorship, characterised by a fierce anti-communist position, led to the departure of major intellectual and cultural figures, determined to escape this oppressive system. The artistic and cultural blossoming of the avant-garde were deeply stirred by this situation, as liberal artistic movements are frequently associated with leftist penchants. Some highly influential modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Alfonso Albacete

Alfonso Albacete was born in 1950 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to grow and strengthen itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, particularly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained greatly influential and admired throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, fortified his status as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity A few significant international movements that sharpened the era include photorealism, which was firstly introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which deeply influenced the visual culture.

Alfonso Albacete

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