Kurt Mayer

1950

Artist biography

Kurt Mayer is an established contemporary visual artist. Kurt Mayer was born in 1950. Artists Willy Biran, Anne Van Canneyt, Gerard Hegarty, Hadi Jamali, and Paul Guilfoyle are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Kurt Mayer

Born in 1950, Kurt Mayer was primarily inspired by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating mysterious 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 influential figures worldwide. New York maintained an important position in the international art scene, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. n Japan and Korea, artists associated with the Mono-Ha movement focused on encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, arranging them in mostly unchanged, ephemeral conditions. The works focused on the interdependency of these various elements and the surrounding space, and had a strong focus upon the European ideas of phenomenology.

Kurt Mayer

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