Anouk De Clercq
1971 · Belgium
Anouk De Clercq is a mid-career established artist, who was born and brought up in Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Saint Clair Cemin, Wim Van Borm, Ben Sledsens, Ann Dierckxx, and Kris Vleeschouwer. Anouk De Clercq was born in 1971.
Anouk De Clercq's exhibition
Anouk De Clercq's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Pendant Pair at Sofie Van de Velde in Antwerp, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 15 December 2018 until 20 January 2019.
Historical Context of Belgium
Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the small country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as an exciting and inventive artistic centre in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were crucial in the unfolding of Surrealism in the 1930s, primarily through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Highly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a prominent artistic trend, early precursor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the era of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the end of the nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a focal point for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders.
Further Biographical Context for Anouk De Clercq
Born in 1971, Anouk De Clercq's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were an important decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.