Birgit Hagen

1957 · Germany

Artist biography

Birgit Hagen is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in Germany. Birgit Hagen was born in 1957. Born in the same country and around the same year are Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff.

Birgit Hagen's Gallery representation

Birgit Hagen is represented by SOFT galleri in Oslo, Norway.

Further Biographical Context for Birgit Hagen

Birgit Hagen was born in 1957 and was largely influenced by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to grow and strengthen itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism sprung 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, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists wandering through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who held a strong interest in the European ideas of phenomenology, allied with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the frontiers between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they intended to give life to artworks that would accentuate the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Birgit Hagen

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