1957 · Germany
Stephan Balkenhol is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in Germany. Stephan Balkenhol was born in 1957. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Stephan Balkenhol is represented and exhibited by 18 galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Finland, and Belgium. The galleries exhibiting Stephan Balkenhol's work include Stephen Friedman Gallery | 25 - 28 Old Burlington Street and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Galerie Forsblom in Finland. Stephan Balkenhol's work are exhibited at the exhibition, New Acquisitions Spring 2020 at Galerie Ludorff in Düsseldorf, Germany. The exhibition is currently open and closes on the 05 September 2020. Stephan Balkenhol's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; (Self)Portraits (22 February 2020 - 18 July 2020) at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland and Da Capo (25 January 2020 - 28 March 2020) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Salzburg Villa Kast in Austria.
Stephan Balkenhol in private collections
Further Biographical Context for Stephan Balkenhol
Born in 1957, Stephan Balkenhol was largely inspired by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a desire to grow and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained greatly influential and admired throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, fortified 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 popularity Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attained international success, as they were widely accepted as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, critically acclaimed in the 1970s.