Gudrún Halldorsdottir

1948

Artist biography

Gudrún Halldorsdottir is an established contemporary visual artist. Gudrún Halldorsdottir was born in 1948. Also born in 1948 and of this same generation are Dempsey Bob, Antony Dufort, Johannes Bernardus Van Den Berg, Ludmila Gnilitskaïa, and I Wayan Darlun.

Further Biographical Context for Gudrún Halldorsdottir

Gudrún Halldorsdottir was born in 1948 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1960s. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s epitomize an extremely powerful era which engendered a significant number of breaks and questioned the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would permanently mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, predicaments such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever influence generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society followed, with revolutionary philosophies and movements emerging in a cradle of inventiveness. Honesty and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly composed of polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. The very first blossoming of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in denying all pre-defined conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to attain, by uplifting popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally seduced by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the lament often associated with the human condition. globally, a significant number of art movements echoed with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group embraced similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Gudrún Halldorsdottir

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