Joan Mallon

1955

Artist biography

Joan Mallon is seen as an established contemporary artist. Joan Mallon was born in 1955. Artists Werner Degenfeld, Ivan Dobromir, Patricia Leite, Fashi Konghai, and Bao Jianlun are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Joan Mallon

Joan Mallon was born in 1955 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the extensive 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 esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance 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 influential figures worldwide. New York maintained an important position in the international art world, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some acceptability as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate throughout the following decade.

Joan Mallon

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