Pol Pierart

1955 · Belgium

Artist biography

Pol Pierart is regarded as a well established artist, who was born in Belgium. Pol Pierart was born in 1955. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Luc Tuymans and Francis Alÿs.

Pol Pierart's Gallery representation

Pol Pierart is represented and exhibited by Galerie Bernard Bouche in Paris, France.

Historical Context of Belgium

Throughout the 1930s, Belgian art was to play a key role in Surrealism, particularly through the work of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Other significant Belgian artists of the twentieth century include Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans. In the late 19th century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was a significant hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also an important artistic trend that was greatly influenced by Belgian artists. Key practitioners of this important early precursor to Surrealism include Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor.

Further Biographical Context for Pol Pierart

Born in 1955, Pol Pierart was primarily influenced by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a desire to evolve and reinforce itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art materialized by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its prominence, predominantly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who showed a strong interest in the European philosophy of phenomenology, allied with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the boundaries between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they intended to create life to artworks that would emphasize the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Pol Pierart

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