Jos Van Merendonk

1956

Artist biography

Jos Van Merendonk is seen as an established artist. Jos Van Merendonk was born in 1956. Artists Natacha Fidler, Norbert Enker, Lars Nilsson, Claude Delforge, and Michaela Kölmel are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Jos Van Merendonk

Born in 1956, Jos Van Merendonk grew up during the 1970s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant stresses of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the extensive 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 reflections, creating mysterious 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 powerful figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. The largely Italian Arte Povera Movement gained global recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attaining global recognition.

Jos Van Merendonk

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