Isa Genzken

1948 · Germany

Artist biography

Isa Genzken is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in Germany. Isa Genzken was born in 1948. Born in the same country and around the same year are Sigmar Polke and Rebecca Horn.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Isa Genzken's work is available on display in 10 galleries around the globe, such as in Belgium, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Isa Genzken's work include Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row and David Zwirner | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Galerie Greta Meert in Belgium. Isa Genzken is exhibited at the exhibition, Window at Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom. The exhibition is currently open and closes on the 01 May 2020. Isa Genzken's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; TEFAF (05 March 2020 - 15 March 2020) at Galleri K in Oslo and Solo Exhibition (22 November 2019 - 14 February 2020) at Peder Lund in Oslo. Isa Genzken's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Außenprojekte and took place at Galerie Buchholz in Berlin, Germany from the 26 November 2018 to 19 January 2019.

Isa Genzken in private collections

Robert Mollers and Charles Riva Collection Collection feature Isa Genzken's works on Artland. They also include works by prominent figures such as Farhad Farzali, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Michele Gabriele.

Further Biographical Context for Isa Genzken

Isa Genzken was born in 1948 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1960s. The 1960s were a sensational decade internationally, witnessing a proliferation of modernist philosophies and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the twentieth century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place globally. Psychedelia, an enormous increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further defined the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key elements of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further developed some of the expressive philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, but removed much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that associated this practice with Minimalism. Globally, many artistic movements echoed the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialisms and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their distinguishing approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Isa Genzken

  • Artworks in Collections 4
  • Exhibitions 5

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