Alan Kane

1961 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Alan Kane is an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Alan Kane was born in 1961. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been an important centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued tremendous wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the modern period, Britain had been significantly eclipsed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late 19th century, Britain became a significant focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Alan Kane

Alan Kane was born in 1961 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Alan Kane

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