Katja Mackens-Hassler


Artist biography

Katja Mackens-Hassler was a creative visual artist. Katja Mackens-Hassler was born in 1932. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Hisao Ishizawa, Fanizani Akuda, Jonas Klimanskas, Leo Acosta, and Pamela Dorey.

Further Biographical Context for Katja Mackens-Hassler

Born in 1932, Katja Mackens-Hassler grew up during the 1950s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of international attention, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many prominent creatives to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the basis of much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the subsequent decades. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Katja Mackens-Hassler

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