Chicken Man

1950

Artist biography

Chicken Man is regarded as a well established artist, Chicken Man was born in 1950. Also born in 1950 and of this same generation are Francesco Correggia, Elissa Gore, Gerardo Pita, Dominique Brecx, and Christian Bourcereau.

Further Biographical Context for Chicken Man

Born in 1950, Chicken Man was primarily inspired by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central stresses of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the extensive 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 esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance 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 respected figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international 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 such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some acceptability as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate throughout the next decade.

Chicken Man

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