Michael Schmidt

1945 · Germany

Artist biography

Michael Schmidt is regarded as a well established artist, who was born in Germany. Michael Schmidt was born in 1945. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Sigmar Polke and Rebecca Horn.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michael Schmidt is represented and exhibited by two galleries, which are Galerie Nordenhake | Stockholm in Sweden and Galerie Nordenhake | Berlin in Germany. Michael Schmidt's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition STADTBILDER at Galerie Nordenhake | Stockholm in Sweden. The exhibition was open from 11 January 2019 until 16 February 2019.

Further Biographical Context for Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt was born in 1945 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1960s growing up. In the art world, a multitude of significant changes were also taking place. Pop Art, embracing the culture of mass media through the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was gradually breaking down the foundations on which the creation and reception of art were built. Drawing from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists refuted the authority of highbrow art and created a cutting-edge movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional manifestation and focused on art’s theoretical aspect – aiming for pure visual responses. 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 producing artworks mainly gathering polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. Delving further into some of the ideas inherent to Abstract Expressionism, artists like Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler practiced Colour Field Painting – strongly relating to Minimalism, with a fundamentally ruled-based approach, emptied of any expressive features. Several schools of philosophy profoundly 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 linked to the human condition. globally, a significant number of art movements echoed with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Michael Schmidt

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