Kristian Blystad

1946 · Norway

Artist biography

Kristian Blystad is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Norway. Kristian Blystad was born in 1946. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Bjørn Ransve, Jan Groth and Marianne Heske.

Kristian Blystad's Gallery representation

Kristian Blystad's work is on display at Galleri K located in Oslo, Norway.

Further Biographical Context for Kristian Blystad

Born in 1946, Kristian Blystad was as deeply indebted to the events of the 1960s as their formative influences. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s epitomize an extremely influential era which generated an important number of disruptions and questioned the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would permanently 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 followed, with revolutionary philosophies and movements emerging in a cradle of inventiveness. Honesty and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly gathering polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. The very first flourishing of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in denying all pre-existing conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to achieve by uplifting popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally seduced by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often linked to the human condition. worldwide, 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.

Kristian Blystad

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