Kirsten Ortwed

1948 · Denmark

Artist biography

Kirsten Ortwed is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Denmark, like other celebrated artists such as Julio Vicente, Salli Muller, Gudrun Hasle, Christian Bergholt Dupont, and Niels Andersen . Kirsten Ortwed was born in 1948.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Kirsten Ortwed's work, including galleries in countries such as Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. Galleries include Galleri Susanne Ottesen in Denmark, Galerie Nordenhake | Stockholm in Sweden, and Galerie Nordenhake | Berlin in Germany. Kirsten Ortwed most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galleri Susanne Ottesen in Copenhagen with the exhibition Turning Time. The exhibition was open from 25 August 2017 until 30 September 2017.

Kirsten Ortwed in private collections

On Artland, AB includes works by Kirsten Ortwed, but also others by Choi Jun Kun, Tora Aghabayova, and Won Sou-Yeol, critically acclaimed artists and prominent figures of the Art World.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been very influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, that borders its southern frontiers. This responsiveness is often mixed with the Nordic traits of restraint and melancholy in its arts. At the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark originated an extremely important painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Acclaimed for his wistful and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his exquisite representations of light and shadow in simple, dignified interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a major country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Established in 1949, CoBrA's bright colours and vibrant childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other critically acclaimed modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

Further Biographical Context for Kirsten Ortwed

Born in 1948, Kirsten Ortwed was largely influenced by the 1960s. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s symbolize an extremely powerful era which generated a significant number of breaks and challenged the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, predicaments such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever impact generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society developed, with revolutionary philosophies and movements evolving in a cradle of inventiveness. Honesty and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly composed of polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. Exploring further into some of the ideas inherent to Abstract Expressionism, artists like Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler practiced Colour Field Painting – decidedly relating to Minimalism, with a fundamentally ruled-based approach, emptied of any expressive aspect. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily seduced by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the lament often associated with the human condition. Internationally, an important number of art movements echoed with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni initiated Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group espoused similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Kirsten Ortwed

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 3

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