Benjamin Swaim

1970 · France

Artist biography

Benjamin Swaim is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in France, like other well-known artists such as Emmanuel Le Cerf, Michel Houellebecq, Beatrice Cussol, Gérard Schlosser, and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Benjamin Swaim was born in 1970.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Benjamin Swaim is represented by two galleries, Galerie Jean Brolly and Planthouse in New York, France and the United States respectively. Benjamin Swaim's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Jean Brolly in Paris (27 May 2017 until 22 July 2017) with the exhibition Chers Maîtres.

Historical Context of France

France has been a significant nation in the development of modernism. Throughout the 19th century, France fostered the foundations of what is currently known as the avant-garde, with movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by critically acclaimed artists. During the first part of the twentieth century, Paris was a crucial intellectual and cultural hub, establishing cutting-edge movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements emerged at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Dominant French creative figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amidst a multitude of others.

Further Biographical Context for Benjamin Swaim

Benjamin Swaim was born in 1970 and was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a significant decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Benjamin Swaim

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