Caroline Tschepp

1981 · Germany

Artist biography

Caroline Tschepp is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Germany, like other renowned artists such as Antje Majewski, Johann Baptist Zimmermann, Karl Hans Janke, Hannah Levy, and Lisa -Marie Pefeffel. Caroline Tschepp was born in 1981.

About Caroline Tschepp's works

Caroline Tschepp is giving an innovative contribution in the fields of Street art, Figuration and Expressionism. More than just a movement, street art can be defined as a true art form, and as an integral part of modern contemporary art. Fuelled by the graffiti art of the 1970s-1980s, street art has since been in a perpetual flux of self-transformation, eternally shifting the boundaries and the reality of modern art. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were pioneers in demonstrating that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings, thus inspiring later artists such as Shepard Fairey, JR and Banksy to keep exploring and re-defining street art.

In essence, figurative art is art which depicts recognizable aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition seems to be rather humble, figuration still remains in its very essence more than just a depiction of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be executed are infinite, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever evolving category, in which Caroline Tschepp's work is mainly grounded. Some prominent artists known for their impact on figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Including artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Wassily Kandinsky and Edvard Munch, Expressionism is one the main currents of art of the 20th century - although it is considered to be an international state of mind rather than just an art movement. When it comes to paintings, Expressionist artists were significantly inspired by Eastern art which they considered “primitive” in its use of bright colours and simplified forms. By enhancing textural elements and liberating their brushstrokes, artists were hoping to reflect the psychological state of mind of their time, and truthfully express their inner self. Wassily Kandinsky’s painting Der Blaue Reiter is a great example of Expressionism, which can be understood as Kandinsky’s desire to move beyond from realistic depictions and focus on subjectivity rather than objectivity.

Further Biographical Context for Caroline Tschepp

Caroline Tschepp was born in 1981 and was largely influenced by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning 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 creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful 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 art became famous 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'.

Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exercised a strong influence on younger artists.

Also gaining prominence at this time was a developing trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami formed a significant group called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Relational Aesthetics became a core idea. It was a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s to describe the tendency to make art based on, or inspired by, human relations and their social context. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this agenda.

A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and extremely sensitive advancements of conceptualism as shown in the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

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