Chen Hedong

1955

Artist biography

Chen Hedong is an established contemporary visual artist, Chen Hedong was born in 1955. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Chen Bolan, Pepe Barroso, Christian Boubé, Arturo Cuenca, and Amy Sillman.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Hedong

Chen Hedong was born in 1955 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a desire to grow and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art materialized by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, particularly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. A few noteworthy international movements that sharpened the decade include photorealism, which was initially introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which deeply influenced the visual culture.

Chen Hedong

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