Anselm Kiefer

1945 · Germany

Artist biography

Anselm Kiefer is regarded as a well established artist, who was born in Germany. Anselm Kiefer was born in 1945. Artists Sigmar Polke and Rebecca Horn are of the same generation and same country as Anselm Kiefer.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Anselm Kiefer's work is available on display in several galleries around the globe such as in the United Kingdom, Austria, and Italy. Galleries exhibiting Anselm Kiefer's work include Bastian | London, White Cube | Bermondsey, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | London in the United Kingdom. Anselm Kiefer's work has most recently been exhibited at White Cube | Bermondsey in London (14 November 2019 until 25 January 2020) with the exhibition Solo Exhibition. Anselm Kiefer's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; White Cube | Mason's Yard in the United Kingdom (11 July 2018 - 15 September 2018) with the name Memory Palace and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Paris Pantin in France (27 August 2018 - 28 September 2018) with the name IT COMES IN WAVES. Anselm Kiefer's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Anselm Kiefer – Paintings and took place at Galerie Bastian in Berlin, Germany from the 04 February 2017 to 13 May 2017.

Further Biographical Context for Anselm Kiefer

Born in 1945, Anselm Kiefer was largely influenced by the 1960s. Art turned into a vehicle for dogmas and other agendas, with Pop and Minimalism appearing simultaneously as the most defining art movements of the decade. Pop Art in New York city embraced the culture of mass media and mass consumerism, with Artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann getting inspired by television, comic strips, billboards and other products of the rise of Capitalism for their artworks. On the other side of the country, the West Coast in California, the first elements of what would be known as Conceptual art were blossoming. Minimalism established the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to eradicate 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, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated 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 founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the haunting angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Anselm Kiefer