Henry Ausloos

1953

Artist biography

Henry Ausloos is seen as an established contemporary artist, Henry Ausloos was born in 1953. Artists like Bernhard Prinz, Sunil Gupta, Gerhard Doehler, Christian Lichtenberg, and Carlos Andrade Silva were also born in 1953.

Further Biographical Context for Henry Ausloos

Henry Ausloos was born in 1953 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the spacious outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate during the next decade.

Henry Ausloos

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