Chen Shuzhong

1960

Artist biography

Chen Shuzhong is seen as an established contemporary artist, Chen Shuzhong was born in 1960. Artists like Bill Saylor, Umberto Manzo, Cattelan Maurizio, Ichigo Sugawara, and Xurxo Gómez-Chao were also born in 1960.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Shuzhong

Born in 1960, Chen Shuzhong was predominantly influenced by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a key 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 prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly renowned figures worldwide. New York maintained an prominent position in the international art scene, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some acceptability as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate during the next decade.

Chen Shuzhong

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