Yair Martin Guttmann

1957 · Israel

Artist biography

Yair Martin Guttmann is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from Israel, like other celebrated artists such as Mel Alexenberg, Yair Martin Guttmann, Michal Heiman, Avigdor Arikha, and Sharon Balaban. Yair Martin Guttmann was born in 1957.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Yair Martin Guttmann is represented by 3 galleries around the world, including countries like Austria, Italy, and Germany. The galleries exhibiting Yair Martin Guttmann's work include Georg Kargl Fine Arts in Austria, Lia Rumma | Naples in Italy, as well as Galerie Nagel Draxler in Germany. Yair Martin Guttmann's most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Lia Rumma Gallery in Milan (02 July 2019 until 23 September 2019) with the exhibition MODERNISMO ITALIANO. Yair Martin Guttmann's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at KOW in Berlin (25 April 2019 - 26 July 2019) with the name Group Exhibition and Galerie Nagel Draxler in Berlin (25 April 2017 - 18 May 2017) with the name CLEGG & GUTTMANN "Eye Contact: The Origins of Totalitarianism".

Further Biographical Context for Yair Martin Guttmann

Yair Martin Guttmann was born in 1957 and was largely inspired by the 1970s growing up. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all representative of a strong desire to progress and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most crucial aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre regained its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz.

Most of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-platform activity that no other visual artist OF his standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity.

The cosmopolitan and refined position that New York city held in the 1960s remained just as influential in the 1970s. With multiple international renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again strengthened its reputation as the artistic heart of the era.

Street art started to appear as a true and accepted form of art towards the end of the 1970s. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were pioneers in demonstrating that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Fuelled by graffiti art, street art from its earliest days proved that it could endure in a unceasing flux of self-transformation, endlessly shifting the limits of modern art, becoming a truly ground-breaking artistic genre.

Across the globe, various movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the new radical ideologies it entailed strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also received critical and commercial success. The critical, leading artistic pillars of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

The critically engaged Mono-Ha movement, comprised of Japanese and Korean artists, flourished in Tokyo in the 1970s. Discarding traditional ideas of representation, the artists favoured an interpretation of the world through an engagement with materials and an exploration of their properties. The artworks would often consist of encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, mostly unchanged intact.

The Arte Povera movement, which appeared in Italy, received international acknowledgement in the 1970s, and leading figures such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto were praised.

Yair Martin Guttmann

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