Youssouf Bath

1949

Artist biography

Youssouf Bath is an established artist, Youssouf Bath was born in 1949. Also born in 1949 and of this same generation are Peg Averill, Alfred Böschl, Tomie Arai, Anthony Bennett, and Mandu Mmatambwe Adeusi.

Further Biographical Context for Youssouf Bath

Born in 1949, Youssouf Bath grew up during the 1960s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The astronomical impact of the 1960s was truly astonishing across the globe. Evocative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s prompted an outburst of new philosophies and movements, truly sensational and spectacular. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact internationally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing assumptions on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The significant escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to delve into some of the most fundamental philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, while eliminating the expressive and highly personal aspect it would often associated with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply relating to Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, particular to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism deeply influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the lingering anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Youssouf Bath

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