Pascal Maitre

1955

Artist biography

Pascal Maitre is regarded as a well established artist. Pascal Maitre was born in 1955. Also born in 1955 and of this same generation are Houda Moussa, Cay Bahnmiller, Antoine Giroux, André Mérian, and Beatrice Caracciolo.

Further Biographical Context for Pascal Maitre

Pascal Maitre was born in 1955 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant strains of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance 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 respected figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained dominant 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. Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate during the following decade.

Pascal Maitre

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