Wolfgang Benz

1953 - 1995

Artist biography

Wolfgang Benz was an artist, Wolfgang Benz, born in 1953, died in 1995. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Jane Trengove, Danny Bloes, Erik Formoe, Rolf Bartz, and Volker Bartsch.

Further Biographical Context for Wolfgang Benz

Born in 1953, Wolfgang Benz' creative work was largely inspired by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly renowned figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some egitimacy as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate throughout the next decade.

Wolfgang Benz

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