Max Neumann

1949 · Germany

Artist biography

Max Neumann is an established artist, who originates from Germany. Max Neumann was born in 1949. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Sigmar Polke and Rebecca Horn.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Max Neumann's work, including galleries in countries such as the United States and Germany. The galleries exhibiting Max Neumann's work include Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York, LEVY Galerie in Hamburg, and Gallery Boisserée in Cologne. Max Neumann's work has most recently been exhibited at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York (15 November 2018 until 05 January 2019) with the exhibition MAX NEUMANN. Max Neumann's work has also been exhibited during the SOME HEADS exhibition at LEVY Galerie in Hamburg, Germany (29 January 2019 - 20 March 2019).

Further Biographical Context for Max Neumann

Max Neumann was born in 1949 and was predominantly inspired by the 1960s growing up. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s epitomize an extremely influential era which generated a significant number of disruptions and challenged the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally 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 ground-breaking philosophies and movements emerging in a cradle of inventiveness. Simplicity and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly gathering polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. Delving further into some of the concepts inherent to Abstract Expressionism, artists such as Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler practiced Colour Field Painting – decidedly relating to Minimalism, with a fundamentally ruled-based approach, emptied of any expressive features. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally seduced by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide fame through their depiction of the human form and the lament often associated with the human condition. Internationally, a significant number of art movements resonated 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 embraced similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Max Neumann