Fritz Balthaus

1952 · Germany

Artist biography

Fritz Balthaus is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Germany. Fritz Balthaus was born in 1952. Born in the same country and around the same year are Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff.

Further Biographical Context for Fritz Balthaus

Fritz Balthaus was born in 1952 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, 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 before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained leading 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 egitimacy as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate throughout the next decade.

Fritz Balthaus

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