Bertrand Lavier

1949 · France

Artist biography

Bertrand Lavier is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from France, like other celebrated artists such as Céline Duval Documentation, Marina Ho, Thomas Liu Le Lann, Gilles Rocchia, and Gérard Alary. Bertrand Lavier was born in 1949.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Bertrand Lavier is represented and exhibited by 10 galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Some of those galleries are Massimo De Carlo | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Kamel Mennour | Rue du Pont de Lodi and Galerie Dominique Fiat in France. Bertrand Lavier most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Kamel Mennour | London in the United Kingdom (28 June 2018 until 28 July 2018) with the exhibition Mask. Bertrand Lavier's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; A from Animism, Atlas, Adrift (31 March 2019 - 29 February 2020) at Servais Family Collection in Belgium and Blanc sur Blanc (15 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) at Gagosian | Paris in France. Bertrand Lavier's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Mask and took place at Kamel Mennour | London in the United Kingdom from the 28 June 2018 to 28 July 2018.

Bertrand Lavier in private collections

Bertrand Lavier's art can be found on Artland in the following collection: Lorenzo Perini-Natali. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Sarah Derat, Tora Aghabayova, and Willy Spiller.

Historical Context of France

France strikes out as one of the most influential agents of modernism. What is today referred to as the avant-garde was pioneered in the first half of the nineteenth century, and involved progressive and cutting-edge movements such as Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Art Nouveau, driven by key figures of the art world. Applauded and leading French artists from the early years of the twentieth century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, although he originally was a Spanish national who settled in France, as well as Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier, to name a few. Paris was thought to be the most influential and intellectual artistic centre at the onset of the century and supported the development of such vital movements as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others, which flourished in the post war era.

Further Biographical Context for Bertrand Lavier

Born in 1949, Bertrand Lavier was primarily inspired by the 1960s. The 1960s were an explosive decade internationally, witnessing a great increase of modernist ideas and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the start of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the twentieth century, and was characterised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place globally. Psychedelia, an vast increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further defined the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, based solely on line, colour and geometric form as key elements of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was a prominent offshoot of minimalism, a discipline that became renowned through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Globally, a number of artistic movements resonated the artistic concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional fortes and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinguishing approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Bertrand Lavier

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 4

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