Antonio Cossu

1952

Artist biography

Antonio Cossu is a contemporary artist considered well established, Antonio Cossu was born in 1952. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Renate Bauer, Philippe Bouchard, Lourdes Almeida, Alvydas Bulaka, and Simon Stone.

Further Biographical Context for Antonio Cossu

Born in 1952, Antonio Cossu grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant stresses of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the extensive 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 mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. New York maintained an important 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 such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some acceptability as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate throughout the following decade.

Antonio Cossu

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