Giacomo Alberto Caregnato

1943

Artist biography

Giacomo Alberto Caregnato is a contemporary artist considered well established, Giacomo Alberto Caregnato was born in 1943. Artists like Bernard Ascal, Ernesto Briel, Emili Armengol I Abril, Cheng Baohong, and Serge Abate were also born in 1943.

Further Biographical Context for Giacomo Alberto Caregnato

Giacomo Alberto Caregnato was born in 1943 and was largely inspired by the 1960s. The astronomical impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Illustrative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s prompted an explosion of new philosophies and movements, truly sensational and ground-breaking. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly powerful impact internationally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and drastically marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the real world. Born of a desire to obliterate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to delve into some of the most fundamental ideologies of Abstract Expressionism, while eliminating the emotional and highly personal aspect it would usually entail with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply identifying with Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, distinctive to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for example, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the lingering anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Giacomo Alberto Caregnato

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