Tata Ronkholz

1940 · Germany

Artist biography

Tata Ronkholz is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Germany. Tata Ronkholz was born in 1940. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Joseph Beuys, Hans Haacke, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth and Frank Auerbach.

Tata Ronkholz' Gallery representation

Tata Ronkholz is represented by Galerie Thomas Zander located in Cologne, Germany.

Further Biographical Context for Tata Ronkholz

Tata Ronkholz was born in 1940 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1960s. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s represent an extremely influential era which generated a significant number of breaks and challenged the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, predicaments such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever impact generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society followed, with revolutionary philosophies and movements emerging in a cradle of innovation. Simplicity and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly gathering polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. The very first flourishing of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism but went further in denying all pre-existing conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to achieve by elevating popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally seduced by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the lament often associated with the human condition. Internationally, an important number of art movements resonated with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Tata Ronkholz

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