Rainer Gross

1951 · Germany

Artist biography

Rainer Gross is an established artist, who was born in Germany. Rainer Gross was born in 1951. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Rainer Gross' work is on display at Margaret Thatcher Projects in New York, the United States. Rainer Gross' work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Richard | New York in the United States (03 September 2019 until 25 October 2019) with the exhibition Contact Paintings.

Further Biographical Context for Rainer Gross

Born in 1951, Rainer Gross' creative work was primarily inspired by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all characteristic of a strong desire to progress and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, including some of its most crucial aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given another chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre regained its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The majority of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-platform activity that no other visual artist OF his standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. The critically engaged Mono-Ha movement, comprised of Japanese and Korean artists, blossomed in Tokyo in the 1970s. Discarding traditional ideas of representation, the artists favoured a depiction of the world through an engagement with materials and an examination of their properties. The artworks would often consist of encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, mostly unchanged intact.

Rainer Gross