Carla Cremers

1949

Artist biography

Carla Cremers is regarded as a well established artist, Carla Cremers was born in 1949. Artists Richard Prince, Maamoun Al Homsi, Hans Scheib, András Bészabó, and François Boson are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Carla Cremers

Carla Cremers was born in 1949 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Evocative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s prompted an explosion of new ideologies and movements, truly sensational and ground-breaking. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact globally, largely defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and drastically marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should exist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the real world. Born of a desire to eradicate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to explore further some of the most fundamental ideologies of Abstract Expressionism, while getting rid of the emotional and highly personal aspect it would usually entail with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply identifying with Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, particular to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the haunting anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Carla Cremers

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