Gerhard Hofmann

1960

Artist biography

Gerhard Hofmann is considered as a well established. Gerhard Hofmann was born in 1960. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Gustavo Aresu, Alvaro Ardao, Maria Aranguren, Annita Argyroheliopoulou, and Vadimmarie Dujenko.

Further Biographical Context for Gerhard Hofmann

Gerhard Hofmann was born in 1960 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to evolve and strengthen itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its status, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, secured his status as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, developing from graffiti, was starting to truly mesmerize the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, demonstrating that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the global extent of street art would become extremely influential, representing an astonishing form of artistic expression.

Gerhard Hofmann

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