Ayan Farah

1978 · United States

Artist biography

Ayan Farah is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born in the the United States, like other famous artists such as Bill Richards, Ruth Miller Forge, Carol Es, Keith Sharp, and Kathryn Cameron. Ayan Farah was born in 1978.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ayan Farah is represented by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. Ayan Farah's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Silence is So Accurate at Geukens & De Vil in Antwerp, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 25 January 2020 until 13 March 2020. Ayan Farah's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Carl Kostyál in Malmo (06 December 2017 - 11 January 2018) with the name How It’s Made and Sean Kelly Gallery in New York (22 June 2018 - 03 August 2018) with the name Ravelled Threads. Ayan Farah's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called THE WHITE HEAT and took place at MARC STRAUS in New York, the United States from the 03 June 2017 to 30 July 2017.

Ayan Farah in private collections

There are two collectors in possession of art by Ayan Farah at Artland. These collectors include Mono and Jimenez -Colon Collection, who also has works by other artists including DUSKMANN, Cristiano Carotti, and Amir H. Fallah.

Historical Context of United States

The US, in particular New York city, remains as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly powerful art centre came to be in the post war era, and the city succeeded in affirming its supremacy over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has provided the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are significant art movements that emerged in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the modern age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Ayan Farah

Ayan Farah was born in 1978 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was rebellious yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this idea.

Ayan Farah

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 6

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