Hervé Charles

1960 · Belgium

Artist biography

Hervé Charles is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Belgium. Hervé Charles was born in 1960. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Luc Tuymans and Francis Alÿs.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Hervé Charles' work is on display at Hangar art center located in Brussels, Belgium. Hervé Charles most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Hangar art center in Brussels (06 June 2019 until 05 July 2019) with the exhibition LES YEUX ROUGES.

Historical Context of Belgium

Surrounded by France and the Netherlands, the small country of Belgium has been considerably influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as an exciting and inventive artistic centre in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the developing of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Greatly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a prominent artistic trend, early predecessor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the era of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the late nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders.

Further Biographical Context for Hervé Charles

Born in 1960, Hervé Charles was largely inspired by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging 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 prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly renowned figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art world, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. International movements began to gain importance included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed momentous commercial and critical success. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the leading critical and institutional levers in New York.

Hervé Charles

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