Kenneth Mcleod Duncan

1954

Artist biography

Kenneth Mcleod Duncan is an established contemporary artist. Kenneth Mcleod Duncan was born in 1954. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Philippe Bussa, Bruno Hadjih, Jia Lu, Joel Coplin, and Gao Lujia.

Further Biographical Context for Kenneth Mcleod Duncan

Kenneth Mcleod Duncan was born in 1954 and was predominantly inspired by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central tensions of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, 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 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 global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some egitimacy as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate during the next decade.

Kenneth Mcleod Duncan

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