1927 · Spain
Josep Guinovart is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in Spain. Josep Guinovart was born in 1927. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Antoni Tapies, Eduardo Chillida and Eduardo Arroyo.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Josep Guinovart is represented and exhibited by two galleries, which are ÀMBIT Galeria d’Art and Galeria Jordi Pascual in Barcelona, Spain. Josep Guinovart's work has most recently been exhibited at Galería BAT Alberto Cornejo in Madrid (10 November 2019 until 24 December 2019) with the exhibition Especial obra gráfica. Josep Guinovart's only other exhibition is WITH REBELLION AWARENESS IS BORN, which took place at Mayoral in Barcelona, Spain (25 September 2018 - 04 January 2019).
Historical Context of Spain
The influence of Spain was significant in developing the art of the twentieth century. Initially with his Blue then Rose periods, although he would eventually relocate to France in 1904, Picasso unfolded a truly expressive approach to figuration in the early 1900s, the era of post-Impressionism. Pablo Picasso is also thought to be the most influential founding member of Cubism, a major art movement in which he would also be joined by Spanish artist Juan Gris. Though they were settled in France for the most part of their respective artistic careers, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were both highly influential figures in the Surrealist movement. The political and cultural landscape of Spain in the twentieth century was governed by the totalitarian autocracy of General Franco, whose regime dominated the country from 1939 to 1975. His passing induced a restitution of the monarchy to Juan-Carlos I, who thus reformed the State. The Franco dictatorship, characterised by an intense anti-communist position, led to the exodus of major intellectual and cultural figures, determined to escape this oppressive regime. The artistic and cultural blossoming of the avant-garde were deeply stirred by this situation, as liberal artistic movements are frequently significative of leftist inclinations. Some critically acclaimed modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo and Manolo Valdes.
Further Biographical Context for Josep Guinovart
Born in 1927, Josep Guinovart grew up during the 1950s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many decades to come. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to acknowledge the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.