Not Vital

1948 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Not Vital is seen as an established artist, who originates from Switzerland, like other famous artists such as Sonja Maria Schobinger, Rudolf De Crignis, Pablo Armesto, Bénédict Remund, and Nicolas Feldmeyer. Not Vital was born in 1948.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Not Vital's work is available on display in 10 galleries around the globe, such as in Finland, the United Kingdom, and Austria. Galleries exhibiting Not Vital's work include Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | London and Ben Brown Fine Arts | London in the United Kingdom, and Galerie Forsblom in Finland. Not Vital most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Salzburg Villa Kast in Austria with the exhibition Charity. The exhibition was open from 25 November 2019 until 20 December 2019. Not Vital's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Paris Pantin in France (27 August 2018 - 28 September 2018) with the name IT COMES IN WAVES and Galerie Urs Meile | Lucerne in Switzerland (11 September 2019 - 01 November 2019) with the name Che Fasch?.

Not Vital in private collections

Not Vital's art can be found on Artland in the following collection: Jens-Peter Brask. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Hur Kyung-Ae, Won Sou-Yeol, and Alessandro Simonini.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most important Swiss contribution to the history of Modernism was the formation of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its founding members included Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, and Marcel Janco. Their headquarters, the Cabaret Voltaire, quickly evolved into an significant hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a shelter from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, Switzerland had produced some quirky and distinctive artists in the Post-Impressionist period of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another key movement that can be attributed to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier might have become a French citizen in 1930, but he was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in the Neuchâtel canton of Switzerland in 1887. Indeed, his first independent projects were realized in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for wealthy local clients. Important Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for Not Vital

Not Vital was born in 1948, grew up during the 1960s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging alongside each other. On one hand, Pop championed the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. The work of art by artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Claes Oldenberg was inspired by the popular culture of the fast developing Capitalism of the United States, taking things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their main visual inspiration. A parallel movement developed on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the initial flowerings of conceptual art. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, focused solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The main figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further explored some of the expressive philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, but stripped away much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that related this practice to Minimalism. Around the world a number of artistic movements resonated the artistic concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional specialisms and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their distinctive approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Not Vital

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 3

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