Thomas Bang

Denmark

Artist biography

Thomas Bang is a visual artist, who was born and brought up in Denmark, like other renowned artists such as Lolita Pelegrime, Rikke Bakman, Britta Madsen, Rasmus B. Lind, and Kim Bramskov.

About Thomas Bang's works

Thomas Bang plays a pivotal role in the fields of Abstraction and Expressionism. Abstraction, in essence terms, means distancing or suppressing one thing from another. When it comes to the visual arts, it can be understood as creating an artwork which moves away from a true representational reference point. The movement first came to be in the early 20th century, and can be seen as an attempt to release the artist’s creative energy, through freedom and constant self-renewal. In abstract artworks, the object is simplified, with the use of colours and textures, thus creating a fundamentally new idea of reality. Abstract art can be traced back to Impressionism, and paved the way for a significant number of movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism, which is still considered to be one the most powerful contemporary art movements. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Abstraction include Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, or Pablo Picasso.

Expressionism can often be considered more as an international tendency than a coherent art movement, which was predominantly significant at the beginning of the twentieth century. It covered various fields such as art, literature, music, theatre and architecture. Expressionist artists wanted to express emotional experience, rather than physical reality. World renowned Expressionist paintings include Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Wassily Kandinsky’s Der Blaue Reiter, and Egon Schiele’s Sitting Woman with Legs Drawn Up. Expressionism is a complex and vast term that has meant different things at different times. However, when we speak of Expressionist art, we tend to think about the artistic tendency which emerged as a reaction to Impressionism in France, or the movement which appeared in Germany and Austria in the early twentieth century. The term is so elastic that it can be representative of artists ranging from Vincent van Gogh to Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Thomas Bang's work is available for viewing at Galleri KANT in Copenhagen, Denmark. Thomas Bang most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Bonamatic in Copenhagen with the exhibition Machine sans nom. The exhibition was open from 29 August 2019 until 27 September 2019. Thomas Bang's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; 80 YEAR BIRTHDAY EXHIBITION (22 September 2018 - 21 October 2018) at Galleri KANT in Copenhagen and Dialogues (06 January 2018 - 28 January 2018) at Galleri KANT in Copenhagen.

At present on Artland, two of Thomas Bang's works are available to purchase.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been rather influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, which borders its southern limits. This responsiveness is often mixed with the Nordic traits of restraint and melancholy in its arts. At the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark originated a key painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Acclaimed for his wistful and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his ethereal representations of light and shadow in modest, elegant interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a major country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Established in 1949, CoBrA's bright colours and lively childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other critically acclaimed modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

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