Michael Buthe

1944 · Germany

Artist biography

Michael Buthe is seen as an established artist, who was born in Germany. Michael Buthe was born in 1944. Also born in Germany around 1944 and of the same generation are Sigmar Polke and Rebecca Horn.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michael Buthe's work is available on viewing in Bernier/Eliades Gallery in Brussels, Belgium and Alexander and Bonin in New York, the United States. Michael Buthe is currently exhibiting at Alexander and Bonin in New York with the exhibition Selected Works 1968 – 1994 (03 March 2020 - 18 April 2020). Michael Buthe's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Alexander and Bonin in New York (26 June 2019 - 15 August 2019) with the name Mary’s New Home and other works and Galerie Judin in Berlin (26 April 2019 - 12 July 2019) with the name Die Tagebücher und Buchobjekte 1963–1994.

Further Biographical Context for Michael Buthe

Born in 1944, Michael Buthe was primarily inspired by the 1960s. The 1960s were an explosive decade internationally, witnessing a great increase of modernist philosophies and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the twentieth century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place across the globe. Psychedelia, an massive increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further epitomised the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key elements of both painting and sculpture. The key figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was a powerful offshoot of minimalism, a discipline that became renowned through the work of artists like Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Around the world many artistic movements echoed the creative concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional fortes and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker adopted similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinguishing approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Michael Buthe