Chen Zhimin

1956

Artist biography

Chen Zhimin is an established contemporary artist, Chen Zhimin was born in 1956. Artists like Mehmet Basbug, Jim Bozeman, Patrick Boussignac, Lukas Duwenhögger, and Ismael Rivera were also born in 1956.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Zhimin

Born in 1956, Chen Zhimin's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, 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 powerful 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 globally renowned celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate during the following decade.

Chen Zhimin

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