Chen Hai

1953

Artist biography

Chen Hai is a contemporary artist considered well established, Chen Hai was born in 1953. Artists like Dawoud Bey, Elvira Behrens, Jean-Philippe Aubanel, Alfonso Cuñado Rodriguez, and Abdoulaye Konaté were also born in 1953.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Hai

Chen Hai was born in 1953 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. International movements gained importance included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed substantial commercial and critical achievements. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the dominant critical and institutional levers in New York.

Chen Hai

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