Michael Mckenzie

1953

Artist biography

Michael Mckenzie is seen as an established contemporary artist. Michael Mckenzie was born in 1953. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Margarita Escalas, Inge Brandl, Robert Bery, Mandy Havers, and Meri Gorni.

Further Biographical Context for Michael Mckenzie

Michael Mckenzie was born in 1953 and grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the spacious outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art world, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. International movements gained 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 Mckenzie

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