Kazuo Kitai

1944 · China

Artist biography

Kazuo Kitai is seen as an established artist, who originates from China. Kazuo Kitai was born in 1944. Artists Gao Xingjian, Ho Huai-Shuo, Cu Gan, Tong Yangtze and Wang Dongling are of the same generation and same country as Kazuo Kitai.

Kazuo Kitai's Gallery representation

Kazuo Kitai is represented by Miyako Yoshinga in New York, the United States.

Historical Context of China

For centuries, China has been one of the most sophisticated and creative cultures. Unique in its political and cultural systems, and rather hermetic in nature, it has always been somewhat of an enigma to the west. In the modern period, China has remained largely behind its own closed doors. An Imperial power with centuries old traditions until the start of the 20th century, China was subsequently wracked by civil war as Chiang Kai Shek battled the forces of Mao Zedong for the control of this vast country, its people and resources.

Further Biographical Context for Kazuo Kitai

Kazuo Kitai was born in 1944 and was predominantly inspired by the 1960s. The 1960s were a sensational decade internationally, bearing witness to great increase of modernist philosophies and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the 20th century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place around the world. Psychedelia, an vast increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further epitomised the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further explored some of the expressive ideas of Abstract Expressionism, but removed much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that associated this practice with Minimalism. Around the world a number of artistic movements echoed the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialties and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker adopted similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Kazuo Kitai

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