Benjamin Degen

1976 · United States

Artist biography

Benjamin Degen is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United States, like other prominent artists such as Christa Pratt, Alex Chitty, Clarity Haynes, Kaws, and Timothy Nohe. Benjamin Degen was born in 1976.

About Benjamin Degen's works

Benjamin Degen is a prominent figure within the fields of Expressionism and Figuration. Expressionism can often be considered rather as an international tendency than a coherent art movement, which was predominantly significant at the beginning of the 20th century. It spanned across various fields such as art, literature, music, theatre and architecture. Expressionist artists sought to express emotional experience, rather than physical reality. Famous Expressionist paintings include Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Wassily Kandinsky’s Der Blaue Reiter, and Egon Schiele’s Sitting Woman with Legs Drawn Up. Expressionism is a complex and grand term that has meant different things at different times. However, when we speak of Expressionist art, we tend to consider the artistic tendency which emerged as a reaction to Impressionism in France, or the movement which appeared in Germany and Austria in the early twentieth century. The term is so flexible that it can accommodate artists going from Vincent van Gogh to Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky.

Figurative art can simply be understood as art that involves strong references to the real world, or to the human figure. Often considered as the polar opposite of Abstraction, figurative art can nonetheless remain incredibly stimulating and ground-breaking, since it includes a multitude number of opportunities to represent the chosen object or figure. The variety of style in figurative art is immense, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Benjamin Degen is represented and exhibited by Galleria Anna Marra located in Rome, Italy. Benjamin Degen most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galleria Anna Marra in Rome with the exhibition Inner Landscapes. The exhibition was open from 12 November 2019 until 31 January 2020. Benjamin Degen's only other exhibition is In Waves, which took place at Susan Inglett Gallery in New York, the United States (14 March 2020 - 18 April 2020).

At the moment on Artland, six of Benjamin Degen's works are available to purchase.

Benjamin Degen in private collections

It is the collector Jimenez -Colon Collection, who is in possession of artwork by Benjamin Degen at Artland. Jimenez -Colon Collection also has works by other artists including Tora Aghabayova, Petra Cortright, and Farhad Farzali.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most important art hub internationally. Leading art movements developed and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a powerful influence upon the international visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Benjamin Degen

Benjamin Degen was born in 1976 and was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most famous artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and highly sensitive advancements of conceptualism as shown in the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Benjamin Degen

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