Malcolm Coils

1947

Artist biography

Malcolm Coils is an established contemporary visual artist, Malcolm Coils was born in 1947. Artists like Franco Bracciante, Jorge Aguirre Otermin, Pierre Amourette, Ann Blades, and Tomasz Tatarczyk were also born in 1947.

Further Biographical Context for Malcolm Coils

Malcolm Coils was born in 1947 and was primarily influenced by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly astonishing across the globe. Evocative of a time inspiring both faith and anger, the 1960s prompted an outburst of new ideologies and movements, truly exciting and spectacular. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly powerful impact internationally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Minimalism became influential through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was an essential by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, distinctive to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the lingering anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Malcolm Coils

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