Jon Astrop

1955

Artist biography

Jon Astrop is an established contemporary visual artist, Jon Astrop was born in 1955. Artists like Gordon Bennett, Jamal Ahmed, Sabina Ott, Polly Apfelbaum, and Michael Gregory were also born in 1955.

Further Biographical Context for Jon Astrop

Born in 1955, Jon Astrop was primarily influenced by the distinctive cultural milieu of 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a wish to evolve and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art materialized by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York persisted as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists wandering through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attained international success, as they were widely acknowledged as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, much-admired in the 1970s.

Jon Astrop

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