Martin Gerwers

1963 · Germany

Artist biography

Martin Gerwers is an established artist, who originates from Germany, like other renowned artists such as Ryan Cullen, Hans Bellmer, Karl Günter Wolf, Astrid Kirchherr, and Michael Toenges. Martin Gerwers was born in 1963.

About Martin Gerwers' works

Martin Gerwers' work is representative of the fields of Figuration and Conceptual. In essence, figurative art is art which represents familiar aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition appears to be rather humble, figuration still remains in its very soul more than just a depiction of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be executed are endless, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever evolving category, in which Martin Gerwers' work is mainly grounded. Some prominent artists known for their impact on figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Emerging as an art movement in the 1960s, Conceptualism has sparked a significant amount of controversy and debate, often provoking strong reactions in its viewership. Conceptual art by essence implies that the idea behind the actual artwork is more important than the finished product itself. The research and strategies conducted by the artist represent the most important part of the work, conceptual art thus aims to be an art of the mind, instead of appealing to the senses. Although it refers to art from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, the origins of Conceptualism can be traced back to 1917, with Marcel Duchamp and his controversial artwork Fontaine, which tried to obliterate the boundaries between art and reality. Conceptual art is not as straightforward as other movements, as it uses an interdisciplinary approach, and the artworks can take the form of anything - from everyday objects to performances requiring audience participation.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Martin Gerwers' work is available on viewing in Slewe Galerie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Philipp von Rosen Galerie in Cologne, Germany. Martin Gerwers most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Philipp von Rosen Galerie in Cologne (24 May 2019 until 30 August 2019) with the exhibition The Space of Painting.

nine of Martin Gerwers' works are currently for sale on Artland.

Further Biographical Context for Martin Gerwers

Born in 1963, Martin Gerwers was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

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