Olivier Allard

1958

Artist biography

Olivier Allard is seen as an established artist, Olivier Allard was born in 1958. Also born in 1958 and of this same generation are Cerith Wyn Evans, Eva Schlegel, Jan Fabre, Yuko Takada Keller, and Antonio Aiazzi.

Further Biographical Context for Olivier Allard

Olivier Allard was born in 1958 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central strains of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the extensive 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 mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence 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 renowned figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. The largely Italian Arte Povera Movement gained global recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto achieving worldwide praise.

Olivier Allard

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