Yves Bitrin

1948

Artist biography

Yves Bitrin is a contemporary artist considered well established, Yves Bitrin was born in 1948. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Ivan Messac, Babs Haenen, Rudolf Butz, Ignacio Alcaria, and B. Wurtz.

Further Biographical Context for Yves Bitrin

Born in 1948, Yves Bitrin's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Representative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s triggered an explosion of new ideologies and movements, truly sensational and spectacular. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact globally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations 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 incredible boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, generating new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the real world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to explore further some of the most fundamental ideologies of Abstract Expressionism, while eliminating the emotional and highly personal aspect it would usually entail 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 established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to depict the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the lingering anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Yves Bitrin

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