Cao Tianshu


Artist biography

Cao Tianshu is an established contemporary visual artist, Cao Tianshu was born in 1940. Also born in 1940 and of this same generation are Vito Acconci, Hezekiah Baker, Nils Burwitz, Gregory Brisson, and Ettore Spalletti.

Further Biographical Context for Cao Tianshu

Cao Tianshu was born in 1940 and was largely inspired by the 1950s growing up. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strictures nature of the Soviet bloc. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Cao Tianshu

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