Pieter Boemmels

1951

Artist biography

Pieter Boemmels is seen as an established contemporary artist, Pieter Boemmels was born in 1951. Artists Tony Bevan, Silva Reichwein, Yasumasa Morimura, Manijeh Yadegar, and Christophe Aussems are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Pieter Boemmels

Pieter Boemmels was born in 1951 and was primarily inspired by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international 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 ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some egitimacy as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate throughout the next decade.