Arlene Elizabeth Cathey

1956

Artist biography

Arlene Elizabeth Cathey is an established artist, Arlene Elizabeth Cathey was born in 1956. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Marine Assoumov, Christine Bonnet, Owusu-Ankomah, Lars Nørgård, and Agathe May.

Further Biographical Context for Arlene Elizabeth Cathey

Born in 1956, Arlene Elizabeth Cathey's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all characteristic of a strong desire to progress and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, highlighting some of its most crucial aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre regained its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The cosmopolitan and sophisticated position that New York city held in the 1960s remained just as influential in the 1970s. With multiple international renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again reinforced its reputation as the artistic hub of the generation. Across the globe, various movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the innovative radical philosophies it occasioned strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also received critical and commercial success. The critical, prominent artistic pillars of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

Arlene Elizabeth Cathey

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