Michael Clegg

1957 · Ireland

Artist biography

Michael Clegg is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in Ireland, like other well-known artists such as Keef Winter, Conor Mcgrady, Jean Curran, John Gerrard, and Eamonn Doyle. Michael Clegg was born in 1957.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michael Clegg is represented by 3 galleries around the world, including countries like Austria and Germany. Galleries include Georg Kargl Fine Arts in Austria, as well as Galerie Nagel Draxler and Galerie Nagel Draxler oHG| Cologne in Germany. Michael Clegg's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Nagel Draxler in Berlin (25 April 2017 until 18 May 2017) with the exhibition CLEGG & GUTTMANN "Eye Contact: The Origins of Totalitarianism".

Further Biographical Context for Michael Clegg

Michael Clegg was born in 1957 and was largely influenced by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central strains of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence 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 renowned figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. International movements began to gain popularity included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed significant commercial and critical achievements. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the leading critical and institutional levers in New York.

Michael Clegg

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