Frank Van Heeswijk

1959

Artist biography

Frank Van Heeswijk is an established contemporary visual artist. Frank Van Heeswijk was born in 1959. Artists Rosa Lachenmeier, Olivier Frechet, Florian Froehlich, Monsengo Shula, and Philippe Gueguen are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Frank Van Heeswijk

Born in 1959, Frank Van Heeswijk's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central strains 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 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 prior, 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 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 globally renowned celebrity in his own right. The largely Italian Arte Povera Movement gained world-wide recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto achieving global recognition.

Frank Van Heeswijk

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