Charles Courrière

1949 - 1999

Artist biography

Charles Courrière was a creative visual artist, Charles Courrière, born in 1949, died in 1999. Also born in 1949 and of this same generation are Max Neumann, Pierre Arnould, Birgit Jürgenssen, Mathieu Berden, and Anne Aspinall.

Further Biographical Context for Charles Courrière

Charles Courrière was born in 1949 and was primarily inspired by the 1960s growing up. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Evocative of a time inspiring both faith and anger, the 1960s prompted an explosion of cutting-edge ideologies and movements, truly sensational and ground-breaking. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact worldwide, largely defined by the Iron Curtain dividing Europe both physically and spiritually, and drastically marked by the erection 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 subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Minimalism became influential through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, particular to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for example, 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 deeply influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to portray the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the lingering anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Charles Courrière

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