Shin Jin

1978 · Republic of Korea

Artist biography

Shin Jin is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the the Republic of Korea, like other famous artists such as Ginevra Shay, Jaye Moon, Sung-Pil Chae, Young-Il Ahn, and YoungHee Woo. Shin Jin was born in 1978.

About Shin Jin's work

Shin Jin is a prominent figure of Minimalism. The art movement known as Minimalism came to be at the end of the 1950s and during the 1960s, and has remained one of the most powerful of all modern and contemporary movements. Minimalism developed in New York City among a number of young artists who were moving away from Abstract Expressionism and who fancied a sleek, geometric aesthetic instead, free from expression. Earlier European abstract movements notably influenced American minimalist art creators. During the Second World War period, a large number of European emigrés gathered in New York and works by the Dutch De Stijl artists, Russian Constructivists, and members of the German Bauhaus became renowned, popular and influential. Each of these groups had established radical forms of abstraction, and inspired artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Robert Morris to delve into new aspects in their art. These artists wanted to create art that answered only to itself, allowing the viewer an immediate, wholly visual response. The personal, gestural elements were stripped away with the aim to reveal the objective, formal consituents that comprised paintings and sculptures.

Further Biographical Context for Shin Jin

Born in 1978, Shin Jin's creative work was largely inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era.

The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Shin Jin

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