Franziska Reinbothe

1980 · Germany

Artist biography

Franziska Reinbothe is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in Germany, like other well-known artists such as Ben Willikens, Manfred Paul, Ulla Deventer, Philipp Hamann, and Frank Nitsche. Franziska Reinbothe was born in 1980.

About Franziska Reinbothe's works

Franziska Reinbothe is best known for working in the fields of Abstraction, Conceptual and Minimalism. Towards the end of the 19th century, many artists were hoping for a change that would allow art to encompass the transitions in society occuring at the time. Abstract art therefore indicates a desire to escape the more classical depictions of reality, in which artists were constrained. With the use of geometrical shapes, colours and gestural elements, artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques were able to lay the foundations for what would become a fundamental branch of modern art. With abstract art, objects and figures are simplified, schematised, which can arguably provide the viewer with a more spiritual experience, since the focus is not put on the material world, but implies an invitation to delve into reflection.

Conceptual art emerged as an art movement in the 1960s, critiquing the previously ruling modernist movement and its focus on the aesthetic. The term is usually used to refer to art from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. In Conceptualism, the idea or concept behind the work of art became more important than the actual technical skill or aesthetic. Conceptual artists used whichever materials and forms were most appropriate to get their ideas across. This resulted in a variety of different types of artworks that could look like almost anything – from performance to writing, to everyday objects. The artists explored the possibilities of art-as-idea and art-as-knowledge, using linguistic, mathematical, and process-oriented dimensions of thought as well as invisible structures and processes for their art.

Minimalism is an art movement born in New York city in the post World War II era, its essence emanating from a strong desire to escape the pre-existing conceptions about art, and make artwork exist in its own reality rather than just ressemble life. Recognised as one of the most influential art movements of the 1960s, minimalism sought to escape from abstract expressionism, which was the dominant genre in the late 1950s. The founders of Minimalism were deeply influenced by European abstract movements, and works by the Dutch De Stijl artists, Russian Constructivists, as well as members of the German Bauhaus, which had pioneered radical abstraction. Some of the most influential artists of Minimalism include Frank Stella, Dan Flavin and Donald Judd. Purity and simplicity are among some of the key elements in Minimalism, which finds its core in an emptiness of emotional responses or metaphorical elements. Geometrical shapes and polished, clean lines are creating artworks that will provide the viewers with powerful visual responses, but its purpose is not to spark emotions, nor to reflect the artist's personal expression and feelings. Minimalist artists were bored of the gestural elements found in previous art movements, and wanted discard anything that would suggest self-expressionism. As Frank Stella said, the essence of Minimalism is that "you see what you see".

Further Biographical Context for Franziska Reinbothe

Franziska Reinbothe was born in 1980 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became famous for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was a developing trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form an influential collective called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Franziska Reinbothe

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