Reiner Tobias Baanders

1946

Artist biography

Reiner Tobias Baanders is an established contemporary artist, Reiner Tobias Baanders was born in 1946. Artists Dieter Bock Von Lennep, Jean-Pierre Benon, Margaret Anjullu, Herb Babcock, and James Bayle are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Reiner Tobias Baanders

Reiner Tobias Baanders was born in 1946 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1960s growing up. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Illustrative of a time inspiring both hope and anger, the 1960s prompted an outburst of new ideologies and movements, truly sensational and ground-breaking. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly powerful impact globally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain dividing Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing assumptions on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the central idea that art should exist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became influential through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was an essential by-product of the latter, at the same time critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, particular to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism strongly influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the haunting anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.