Klaus Karl Mehrkens
Klaus Karl Mehrkens is seen as an established contemporary artist. Klaus Karl Mehrkens was born in 1955. Artists Vladimir Kourdukov, Kevin Kadar, Hyungkyung Bae, Kim Dae Soo, and Derek Bauer are of the same generation.
Further Biographical Context for Klaus Karl Mehrkens
Klaus Karl Mehrkens was born in 1955 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly renowned figures worldwide. New York maintained an important position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to flock to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. The predominantly Italian Arte Povera Movement gained global recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto achieving worldwide praise.