Josef Mühlbacher

1956

Artist biography

Josef Mühlbacher is seen as an established contemporary artist. Josef Mühlbacher was born in 1956. Also born in 1956 and of this same generation are Jane Bunnett, Doug Allen, Peter Beckett, Michael Bergt, and Gomi Kenji.

Further Biographical Context for Josef Mühlbacher

Born in 1956, Josef Mühlbacher's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential 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 engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, 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 prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. New York maintained an important position in the international art world, ensuring that global artists continued to flock to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. The largely Italian Arte Povera Movement gained global recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto achieving worldwide acclaim.

Josef Mühlbacher

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