Hans-Werner Berretz

1951

Artist biography

Hans-Werner Berretz is regarded as a well established artist, Hans-Werner Berretz was born in 1951. Also born in 1951 and of this same generation are Hassan Sharif, Patrick Antonelle, Oscar Mariné, Sylvia Allen, and Ron Arad.

Further Biographical Context for Hans-Werner Berretz

Hans-Werner Berretz was born in 1951 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all representative of a strong desire to progress and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous 1960s. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most crucial aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre reclaimed its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The multicultural and refined position that New York city held in the 1960s remained just as influential in the 1970s. With multiple global renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again reinforced its reputation as the artistic hub of the generation. Across the globe, various movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the innovative radical ideologies it entailed strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also gained critical and commercial success. The critical, leading artistic pillars of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

Hans-Werner Berretz

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