Johan De Wit

1960 · Belgium

Artist biography

Johan De Wit is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from Belgium. Johan De Wit was born in 1960. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Luc Tuymans and Francis Alÿs.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Johan De Wit's work is on display at Kristof de clercq located in Gent, Belgium. Johan De Wit's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition COMFORTING STASH at Kristof de clercq in Gent, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 17 March 2019 until 21 April 2019.

Historical Context of Belgium

Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as an exciting and inventive artistic centre in the later part of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the unfolding of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Highly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a major artistic trend, early precursor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the age of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the end of the nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders.

Further Biographical Context for Johan De Wit

Johan De Wit was born in 1960 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction 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 1960s. 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 outsides, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given another chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre reclaimed its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a prominent figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-cultural activity that no other visual artist of such standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. All over, various movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the innovative radical theories it entailed strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also gained critical and commercial success. The critical, prominent artistic pillars of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

Johan De Wit

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