Robert Arnoux

1948

Artist biography

Robert Arnoux is an established artist, Robert Arnoux was born in 1948. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are B. Wurtz, John Chester Armstrong, Miervaldis Polis, José Agulló Román, and Isa Genzken.

Further Biographical Context for Robert Arnoux

Robert Arnoux was born in 1948 and was primarily inspired by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Representative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s prompted an explosion of cutting-edge ideologies and movements, truly sensational and spectacular. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact worldwide, 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 subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the real world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into 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 a fundamental by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, particular to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for example, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism deeply 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 angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Robert Arnoux

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