Bora Akinciturk

1982 · Turkey

Artist biography

Bora Akinciturk is a mid-career established artist, who was born in Turkey, like other famous artists such as Kubilay Mert Ural, Sevgi Chantal, Ahmet Güneştekin, Halil Altindere, and Fikret Atay. Bora Akinciturk was born in 1982 in Ankara and is currently based in London, UK.

About Bora Akinciturk's works

Bora Akinciturk is known for working in the fields of Figuration and Pop work. Figurative art has been around since the earliest stages of visual arts, and involves any form of modern art which references the real-world or the human body, in opposition to Abstraction. Figurative art embraces a substantial amount of styles, thus remaining a truly pioneering and major category in which artists created critically acclaimed masterpieces, such as Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, or Paul Cézanne’s The Bathers.

In Britain, Pop Art emerged with the Independent Group (IG), in the 1950s. The Independent Group became accountable for a significant amount of the concepts that would cultivate British Pop Art, embracing their interest in mass popular culture which they profoundly explored. In the United States, Pop Art can be seen as a clear response to Abstract Expressionism, and a return to figurative art, drawing from popular imagery and the sphere of mass consumerism, exploding in the post-war context of the 1950s. Through their artworks, Pop Artists portrayed a number of aspects of the “low” popular culture, which had an influential impact on everyday life, thus denying the supremacy of “high” art and creating a new, democratic form of art which would carry through as a truly revolutionary movement.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Bora Akinciturk's work is on display at THE RESIDENCE GALLERY located in London, the United Kingdom. Bora Akinciturk's work has most recently been exhibited at ASHES/ASHES in New York (10 April 2020 until 23 May 2020) with the exhibition No Exit.

Further Biographical Context for Bora Akinciturk

Born in 1982, Bora Akinciturk was predominantly inspired 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 collective 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 outlook that was defiant yet entrepreneurial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, 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 making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this idea.

The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as presented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

In Japan, a trend began to emerge in response to the boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the 1980s. The comic book culture of manga appeared as an art form, and was allied to trends in advertising and graphic design. One of the leading contemporary Japanese artists was Takashi Murakami, who coined the term ‘Superflat’, a theory influenced by the aesthetic characteristics of manga and the nature of post-war Japanese culture. Having been inspired by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami formed an influential group of artists called Kaikai Kiki, which became internationally recognised in a number of countries.

Conceptual photography began to gain popularity, and was particularly inspired by German ideas and artists. German artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and in turn artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall created images with a cinematic aesthetic that was inspired by the German artists’ work. In terms of painting, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the artistic community.

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