Simon Starke

1958 · Germany

Artist biography

Simon Starke is regarded as a well established artist, who was born and brought up in Germany. Simon Starke was born in 1958. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff.

Simon Starke's Gallery representation

Simon Starke's work is on display at Galerie Melike Bilir in Hamburg, Germany.

Further Biographical Context for Simon Starke

Simon Starke was born in 1958 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a wish to grow and strengthen itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important 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 aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving 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 status, particularly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, secured his status as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame. Reaching the end of the 1970s, street art, developing from graffiti, was starting to truly fascinate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, proving that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings. Following, the international extent of street art would become extremely significant, representing an astonishing form of artistic expression.

Simon Starke

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