Benji Liebmann

1953 · South Africa

Artist biography

Benji Liebmann is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born and brought up in South Africa, like other well-known artists such as Wonder Buhle Mbambo, Lady Skollie (Laura Windvogel), Andile Dyalvane, Lyndi Sales, and Broomberg & Chanarin (Adam Broomberg). Benji Liebmann was born in 1953.

Benji Liebmann's exhibition

Benji Liebmann's work has most recently been exhibited at Marta Moriarty in Madrid (22 May 2019 until 14 July 2019) with the exhibition The Triptych.

Further Biographical Context for Benji Liebmann

Born in 1953, Benji Liebmann was primarily inspired by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the dominant 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 1960s. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, including 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 philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre regained its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The majority of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a prominent figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-platform activity that no other visual artist of such standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. The Arte Povera movement, which appeared in Italy, received international distinction in the 1970s, and leading figures such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto were praised.

Benji Liebmann