Jim Mackenzie

1953

Artist biography

Jim Mackenzie is regarded as a well established artist. Jim Mackenzie was born in 1953. Also born in 1953 and of this same generation are Lee Chin-Chu, Daouda Derme, Gilbert Halliday, Elena Bolledi, and Calin Beloescu.

Further Biographical Context for Jim Mackenzie

Jim Mackenzie was born in 1953 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central tensions of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, and was in part an 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 considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence 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 dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. The predominantly Italian Arte Povera Movement gained global recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attaining worldwide acclaim.

Jim Mackenzie

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