Cerith Wyn Evans

1958 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Cerith Wyn Evans is seen as an established artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Cerith Wyn Evans was born in 1958. Also born in the United Kingdom around 1958 and of the same generation are Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Cerith Wyn Evans' work is on display in 9 galleries around the world, in countries such as Austria, the United Kingdom, and France. Galleries include Marian Goodman Gallery | London and White Cube | Bermondsey in the United Kingdom, as well as Georg Kargl Fine Arts in Austria. Cerith Wyn Evans' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition NEON/LIGHT at Paul Stolper Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 21 March 2018 until 27 April 2018. Cerith Wyn Evans' work has also been exhibited during the No realm of thought… No field of vision exhibition at White Cube | Bermondsey in London, the United Kingdom (07 February 2020 - 17 August 2020).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant degree eclipsed by their respective impact on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century.

Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically remarkable British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans was born in 1958 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a wish to evolve and strengthen itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, predominantly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz.

The city of New York persisted as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital.

Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained greatly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, secured his reputation as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame.

A few significant global movements that defined the era include photorealism, which was initially introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which had a strong impact on the visual culture.

Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attained international success, as they were widely accepted as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, much-admired in the 1970s.

In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who showed a strong interest in the European ideas of phenomenology, associated with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the boundaries between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they aimed to create life to artworks that would accentuate the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, emerging from graffiti, was starting to truly captivate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, proving that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the international extent of street art would become extremely significant, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Cerith Wyn Evans

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