Gilbert Halliday

1953

Artist biography

Gilbert Halliday is seen as an established artist. Gilbert Halliday was born in 1953. Also born in 1953 and of this same generation are Andreas Freyer, Édouard Dussol, Annalisa Colombara, Geng Jie, and Fu Shangyuan.

Further Biographical Context for Gilbert Halliday

Born in 1953, Gilbert Halliday was primarily influenced by the distinctive cultural milieu of 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a wish to grow and strengthen itself, as a reaction 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 voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest 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 resurfaced and regained its status, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists wandering through the downtown scene, visiting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto gained international success, as they were widely recognized as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, much-admired in the 1970s.

Gilbert Halliday

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