Bas De Wit

1977 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Bas De Wit is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the Netherlands, like other celebrated artists such as Nikki Nijenhuis, Ingmar Lemmens, Susn Anderson, Remdma, and Van De Mheen, Irene. Bas De Wit was born in 1977.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Bas De Wit is represented by Philipp von Rosen Galerie located in Cologne, Germany. Bas De Wit most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Gerhard Hofland in Amsterdam with the exhibition Grow with the Flow. The exhibition was open from 10 March 2018 until 07 April 2018.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has a solid heritage for art and design in the twentieth century culture, although its position as a cultural powerhouse had been long established, centuries before the fifteenth century, when artists like Jan van Eyck were amidst the most renowned in the world. The Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s brought such luminaries as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. Willem de Kooning is also Dutch, although he emigrated to the United States at a young age and his work is most closely related to the New York City Abstract Expressionist scene of the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Bas De Wit

Bas De Wit was born in 1977 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. 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 varied 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 famous 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 famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet entrepreneurial. 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’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as shown in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Bas De Wit

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