Guo Fushen

1948 - 2002

Artist biography

Guo Fushen was an artist. Born in 1948, Guo Fushen passed away in 2002. Artists Alexandre Alexeiev, Taha Al Sabban, Antonio Coello De Portugal, Michèle Burles, and Ilyas Salikhzyanovic Araslanov are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Guo Fushen

Guo Fushen was born in 1948 and grew up during the 1960s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly astonishing across the globe. Illustrative of a time inspiring both faith and anger, the 1960s prompted an explosion of cutting-edge philosophies and movements, truly exciting and spectacular. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly powerful impact worldwide, 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 assumptions 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 significant boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the crucial 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 conceptions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Minimalism became influential through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, distinctive to different regions 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. Throughout Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism deeply influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to depict the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the lingering anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Guo Fushen

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