Thomas Bernstein

1957

Artist biography

Thomas Bernstein is a contemporary artist considered well established, Thomas Bernstein was born in 1957. Artists like Philip Badon, Bertozzi & Casoni, Joseph McGlennon, Rosalind Atkins, and Christophe Boutin were also born in 1957.

Further Biographical Context for Thomas Bernstein

Thomas Bernstein was born in 1957 and was largely inspired by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a wish to grow and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial 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 re-emerged and regained its status, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York persisted as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. Reaching the end of the 1970s, street art, emerging from graffiti, was starting to truly captivate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, proving that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the global reach of street art would become extremely influential, representing an astonishing form of artistic expression.

Thomas Bernstein

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