Berlin was still reeling from the war when artist Hermann Albert moved there in 1964. Known for once being a cultural mecca, Berlin, and its artists were working on redefining modern art. The common problem they all faced was overcoming the stigma of being called degenerate artists. Another issue they faced too were the influential art organizers wanting a more heroic style of art.
Ushering in a new era of art was difficult. Hermann Albert had to tow the socialist party line as demanded and produce work representing the working class. Here are some examples of the work but with an erotic twist.
Hermann Albert & the Human Condition
While his early works seem to be preoccupied with everyday life, Hermann Albert began moving toward the values of the human condition—beauty, silence, and erotic expression. Fearing the public would turn against him, Albert began incorporating the elements that were being demanded of him. His representation shows the middle, working class citizen’s engaging in everyday scenarios. This twist made him active player in the Berlin’s cultural reconstruction.
Continuing the tradition of Neue Sachlichkeit, Albert started mixing in figurative tendencies highlighted in American art, especially pop art. Not characterizing any particular set of stylistic rules, Albert’s work evolved with hard outlines, smooth finishes, and a distorted or caricatured literalism. His subjects were a concentration of the pragmatic approach to daily living. Hermann Albert, however; did not focus on the bleak outlook normally reserved for this tradition.
Emerging from the Dust
American art dealers and collectors loved the art by Hermann Albert. His work received a warm welcome from those growing tired of Minimalism and Conceptual art. Albert was successful in removing the darker tones left behind from the war by making his portraits light and fun. He showed the modern art world that people are resilient and that live keeps moving forward.