Stephane Joannes

1975 · France

Artist biography

Stephane Joannes is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in France, like other famous artists such as Pierre Molinier, Lionel Sabatté, Paella Chimecis, Dominique Labauvie, and Gerald Petit. Stephane Joannes was born in 1975.

About Stephane Joannes' works

Stephane Joannes is giving an innovative contribution in the fields of Minimalism, Figuration and Design. The art movement known as Minimalism came to be at the end of the 1950s and during the 1960s, and has been one of the most dominant of all modern and contemporary movements. Minimalism first appeared 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 expatriates gathered in New York and works by the Dutch De Stijl artists, Russian Constructivists, and members of the German Bauhaus became eminent, 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 seek new aspects in their art. These artists wanted to conceive art that referred only to itself, granting the viewer an instantaneous, exclusively visual response. The personal, gestural elements were stripped away with the aim to reveal the objective, formal consituents that comprised paintings and sculptures.

Some world-renowned artists praised for their figurative artworks include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso or Paul Cézanne. Figurative art is a rather broad category, which can be simply designated as being the farthest from abstract art, since it essentially consists of the depiction of objects or figures holding a strong reference to reality. Although it can be described as such, Figurative art nonetheless remains extremely resourceful and inventive, encompassing a multitude of styles and mediums, ranging from Photorealism to Neo-expressionism.

What separates art from design has been a longstanding debate, the lines are blurred. The classical notion of design used to be anchored in the Decorative Arts, but later on branched itself into a variety of categories such as graphic design, fashion design, or industrial design. The Arts and Crafts Movement and The Bauhaus were extremely influential movements that pursued for a unification of true artistic creativity with the manufacturing of objects.

Stephane Joannes' Gallery representation

Stephane Joannes is represented by Massey Klein in New York, the United States.

Historical Context of France

France strikes out as one of the most influential agents of modernism. What is today referred to as the avant-garde was pioneered in the first half of the nineteenth century, and involved innovative and cutting-edge movements such as Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Art Nouveau, driven by key figures of the art sphere. Applauded and dominant French artists from the early years of the twentieth century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, although he originally was a Spanish national who relocated in France, as well as Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier, to name a few. Paris was considered to be the most influential and intellectual artistic centre at the start of the century and supported the development of such fundamental movements as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others, which emerged in the post war era.

Further Biographical Context for Stephane Joannes

Stephane Joannes was born in 1975 and was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural environment. The 1980s were an important decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Stephane Joannes

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