Elizabeth Cope

1952

Artist biography

Elizabeth Cope is an established contemporary artist, Elizabeth Cope was born in 1952. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Hans-Jürgen Burkard, Chloe Cheese, Kari Dyrdal, Stefano Grondona, and Alfonso Bianchi Fratteggiani.

Further Biographical Context for Elizabeth Cope

Born in 1952, Elizabeth Cope was primarily influenced by the distinctive cultural milieu of 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art 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 reflections, creating mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance 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 renowned 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 cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. The predominantly Italian Arte Povera Movement gained global recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attaining international praise.