Bob Carlos-Clarke

1950 - 2006

Artist biography

Bob Carlos-Clarke was a visual artist, Born in 1950, Bob Carlos-Clarke passed away in 2006. Artists Dominique Brecx, Michael J. Allard, Seiichiro Ban, James Hugonin, and Marianne Aartsen are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Bob Carlos-Clarke

Born in 1950, Bob Carlos-Clarke was predominantly inspired by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a desire to evolve and reinforce itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art materialized by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, especially in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York persisted 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 sophisticated cultural capital. Reaching the end of the 1970s, street art, evolving from graffiti, was starting to truly captivate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, demonstrating that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the global reach of street art would become extremely influential, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Bob Carlos-Clarke

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