Joan Fontcuberta

1955 · Spain

Artist biography

Joan Fontcuberta is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from Spain. Joan Fontcuberta was born in 1955. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Miquel Barceló and Juan Muñoz.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Joan Fontcuberta's work is on display in 5 galleries around the world, in countries such as Belgium, Spain, and Germany. Some of those galleries are Gallery fifty one in Antwerp, Galería Juan Silió in Santander, as well as espaivisor – Galería Visor in Valencia. Joan Fontcuberta most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galleria del Cembalo in Rome (24 October 2019 until 07 January 2020) with the exhibition Dialoghi. Joan Fontcuberta's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; ARCO Madrid (26 February 2020 - 01 March 2020) at àngels barcelona in Spain and [An-]Sichten. Vom Umgang mit der Wirklichkeit (29 September 2017 - 06 January 2018) at L.A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht in Germany.

Historical Context of Spain

Spain has played a crucial role in the maturation of art in the twentieth century. In the early 1900s, a young Pablo Picasso developed a distinctively expressive approach to figuration in the post-Impressionist era, firstly with his Blue then Rose periods, although he was to settle in Paris in 1904. Picasso was also the chief founding member of the Cubist movement, a group in which he was joined by fellow Spaniard Juan Gris. Both Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were leading figures in the Surrealist movement, though they were also domiciled in France for large parts of their careers. During the twentieth century the political and cultural landscape of Spain was dominated by the totalitarian autocracy of General Franco whose dictatorship ruled the country, in one form or another, from 1939 until 1975, at which time the monarchy was restored to Juan-Carlos I who then implemented considerable reform. The Franco regime was characterised by its brutal anti-communist stance, and the departure of important intellectual and cultural figures that chose not to live under an oppressive regime. The cultural life of the avant-garde suffered greatly, since liberal artistic movements are often known for their leftist leanings. Important modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo, and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Joan Fontcuberta

Joan Fontcuberta was born in 1955, grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant tensions of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, and was in part an 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 considerations, 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 important position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. International movements gained prominence included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed substantial 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.

Joan Fontcuberta

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