Klaus Merkel

1953 · Germany

Artist biography

Klaus Merkel is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from Germany. Klaus Merkel was born in 1953. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Klaus Merkel is represented by Galerie Max Mayer located in Düsseldorf, Germany. Klaus Merkel most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Nicolas Krupp in Basel (10 November 2018 until 12 January 2019) with the exhibition Group Exhibition. Klaus Merkel's only other exhibition is mews, which took place at Galerie Max Mayer in Düsseldorf, Germany (05 September 2019 - 30 October 2019).

Further Biographical Context for Klaus Merkel

Klaus Merkel was born in 1953 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a wish to evolve and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its status, predominantly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists wandering through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. A few significant global movements that defined the decade include photorealism, which was initially introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which deeply influenced the visual culture.

Klaus Merkel

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