Alicja Kwade

1979 · Poland

Artist biography

Alicja Kwade is an established mid-career artist, who was born in Poland, like other celebrated artists such as Goshka Macuga, Emily Counts, Natalia Zaluska, Jakub Czyszczoń, and Janusz Orbitowski. Alicja Kwade was born in 1979.

About Alicja Kwade's work

Alicja Kwade is best known for creating conceptual work. Defined as a movement in the late 1960s, simultaneously in Europe and America, Conceptual art was highly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism, although it took a step further in rejecting all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art. Defining Conceptual art can be intricate, as the boundaries are not clearly defined, and constantly evolving. The artworks can take the form of almost anything, but the core idea remains the same - the strategies and concepts behind the art are more important than the finished artwork itself. The conceptual artists use a variety of materials and forms to freely explore the myriad of possibilities through which they want to convey their message. Some of the most critically acclaimed figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. French artist Marcel Duchamp is considered to be the forefather of Conceptualism, with his artwork Fontaine, where he controversially tried to blur the boundaries between art and reality.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Alicja Kwade is represented by 5 galleries around the world, including countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and Iceland. Some of those galleries are Kamel Mennour | London in the United Kingdom, Kamel Mennour | Rue du Pont de Lodi in France, as well as i8 Galleri in Iceland. Alicja Kwade most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh with the exhibition JACOB'S LADDER. The exhibition was open from 26 July 2018 until 20 October 2018. Alicja Kwade's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Kamel Mennour | London in the United Kingdom (03 October 2017 - 17 November 2017) with the name Revolution Orbita and Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer in Austria (07 September 2019 - 26 October 2019) with the name GALERIE KANDLHOFER | SCULPTURE GARDEN. Alicja Kwade's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called A Trllionth of a Second and took place at i8 Galleri in Reykjavik, Iceland from the 22 June 2017 to 12 August 2017.

Alicja Kwade has two works for sale currently available on Artland.

Alicja Kwade in private collections

Alicja Kwade's works can be seen in Henrik Torstensen collection on Artland. This collection also contains works by renowned artists Mar Hernández, Sarah Derat, and Hur Kyung-Ae.

Further Biographical Context for Alicja Kwade

Born in 1979, Alicja Kwade grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres characterised the atmosphere of the era.

Alicja Kwade

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 18
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