Koji Mizutani

1951

Artist biography

Koji Mizutani is considered as a well established. Koji Mizutani was born in 1951. Also born in 1951 and of this same generation are Sharon Aivaliotis, Toni-Ann Ballenden, Ilze Libiete, Valerie Brand, and Louisa Chase.

Further Biographical Context for Koji Mizutani

Koji Mizutani was born in 1951 and grew up during the 1970s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork 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 cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance 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 respected figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate throughout the following decade.

Koji Mizutani

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