Michael Van Ofen

1956 · Germany

Artist biography

Michael Van Ofen is regarded as a well established artist, who was born and brought up in Germany. Michael Van Ofen was born in 1956. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Michael Van Ofen's work, which are Sies + Höke and Galerie Ludorff in Düsseldorf, Germany. Michael Van Ofen's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Von der Guillotine zu Waterloo at Sies + Höke in Düsseldorf, Germany. The exhibition was open from 05 September 2019 until 25 October 2019. Michael Van Ofen's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Ludorff in Düsseldorf (13 June 2019 - 25 October 2019) with the name SUMMER GUESTS and Galerie Schönewald in Düsseldorf (18 January 2018 - 01 March 2018) with the name THE HUMAN CONDITION.

Michael Van Ofen in private collections

On Artland, Edwin Visser includes works by Michael Van Ofen, but also others by Sarah Derat, Douglas Mandry, and Philipp Keel, critically acclaimed artists and prominent figures of the Art World.

Further Biographical Context for Michael Van Ofen

Born in 1956, Michael Van Ofen grew up during the 1970s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a wish to evolve and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, fortified his reputation as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity A few noteworthy international movements that sharpened the era include photorealism, which was firstly introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which had a strong impact on the visual culture.

Michael Van Ofen

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  • Exhibitions 3

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