Nat Bloch Gregersen

Denmark

Artist biography

Nat Bloch Gregersen is a modern visual artist, who was born and brought up in Denmark, like other renowned artists such as Henry Heerup, Janni Mai Larsen, Bolette Isager Sørensen, J Erbs, and Defragmentum.

About Nat Bloch Gregersen's works

Nat Bloch Gregersen is regarded as a main figure in the fields of Design, Abstraction and Conceptual. What separates art from design has been a longstanding debate, the lines are blurred. The classical notion of design used to be grounded in the Decorative Arts, but later on branched itself into a variety of areas such as graphic design, fashion design, or industrial design. The Arts and Crafts Movement and The Bauhaus were extremely influential movements that aimed for a unification of true artistic creativity with the manufacturing of objects.

Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead, with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes tries to achieve its effect. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main features have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly influential in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for a significant number of branches of abstract art.

For a conceptual artist, the artwork needs to detach itself from any sort of traditional representation of what is art, and invite the viewer to enter a world of ideas and concepts, detached from the material reality. Indeed, the core of Conceptualism lies in the fact that the idea behind the artwork has significantly more importance than the finished artwork itself. As a defined movement, Conceptualism first emerged in the late 1960s, with figures such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. The most revolutionary aspect of Conceptual Art is that the artwork can take the form of anything, from writings to performances, to a derived use of everyday objects - the boundaries of art are thus shifting, the tradition is critiqued. Conceptualism has been, and still remains, subject to controversy and debate, due to its tendency to challenge the audience. As a contemporary movement, is it often used as a tool to defy institutions, societal structures and political systems.

Exhibitions

Nat Bloch Gregersen most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Alice Folker Gallery in Copenhagen with the exhibition Exhibition for Enter Art Fair. The exhibition was open from 28 August 2019 until 31 August 2019. Nat Bloch Gregersen's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Time Matters (06 June 2019 - 09 August 2019) at Gether Contemporary in Copenhagen and Unfunctionality (15 May 2019 - 21 June 2019) at Alice Folker Gallery in Copenhagen. Nat Bloch Gregersen's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Swallowing Stones and took place at Alice Folker Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark from the 16 November 2018 to 15 December 2018.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been very influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, which borders its southern frontiers. This sensibility is often mixed with the Nordic traits of restraint and melancholy in its arts. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark produced an extremely important painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Renowned for his melancholic and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his exquisite representations of light and shadow in modest, dignified interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a significant country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Founded in 1949, CoBrA's vivid colours and lively childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other prominent modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

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