Dick Van Heerde

1954

Artist biography

Dick Van Heerde is considered as a well established. Dick Van Heerde was born in 1954. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Rainer Fruggel, Stephen Dee Edwards, Thomas Bley, Martine Droixhe, and Arjen Baars.

Further Biographical Context for Dick Van Heerde

Born in 1954, Dick Van Heerde's creative work was largely influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the spacious 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 prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. New York maintained an important position in the international art scene, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. 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 ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate during the next decade.

Dick Van Heerde

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