Jan Merta

1952 · Czech Republic

Artist biography

Jan Merta is seen as an established artist, who originates from Czech Republic, like other celebrated artists such as Kristof Kintera, Jiri Suruvka, Jiří Valoch, Marketa Othova, and Igor Hosnedl. Jan Merta was born in 1952.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jan Merta is represented and exhibited by Galerie Martin Janda in Vienna, Austria. Jan Merta's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Martin Janda in Vienna (06 December 2019 until 17 February 2020) with the exhibition Galerie Martin Janda satellite at Hochhaus Herrengasse.

Further Biographical Context for Jan Merta

Jan Merta was born in 1952 and was predominantly inspired by the 1970s growing up. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all characteristic of a strong desire to evolve and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. 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 outdoors, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given another chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre regained its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The majority of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-platform activity that no other visual artist of such standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. Street art started to emerge as a true and recognized form of art towards the end of the 1970s. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were pioneers in proving that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings. Fuelled by graffiti art, street art from its earliest days showed that it could endure in a unceasing flux of self-transformation, endlessly shifting the limits of modern art, becoming a truly ground-breaking artistic genre.

Jan Merta

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