Anthony Clegg

1951

Artist biography

Anthony Clegg is an established contemporary artist, Anthony Clegg was born in 1951. Also born in 1951 and of this same generation are Jordi Benito, Mark Steven Greenfield, Resul Aytemür, Galina Petrovna Bilan, and Jean-Gilles Badaire.

Further Biographical Context for Anthony Clegg

Born in 1951, Anthony Clegg was primarily influenced by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a desire to evolve and strengthen itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art materialized by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained greatly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, secured his reputation as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, developing from graffiti, was starting to truly captivate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, demonstrating that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings. Following, the global reach of street art would become extremely significant, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Anthony Clegg

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