Edmund De Waal

1964 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Edmund De Waal is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in the United Kingdom. Edmund De Waal was born in 1964. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Chris Ofili, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Taylor-Wood), Chantal Joffe, Tacita Dean and David Shrigley.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Edmund De Waal is represented and exhibited by 4 galleries around the world, in countries such as the United States, France, and Germany. Some of those galleries are Crane Kalman Gallery in the United Kingdom, Galerie Max Hetzler | Paris in France, as well as Gagosian | 555 West 24th Street in the United States. Edmund De Waal's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Blanc sur Blanc at Gagosian | Paris in France. The exhibition was open from 15 January 2020 until 06 March 2020. Edmund De Waal's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Gagosian | Le Bourget in Paris (10 June 2019 - 26 July 2019) with the name AN EXHIBITION FOR NOTRE-DAME and Gagosian | 980 Madison Avenue in New York (05 March 2020 - 11 April 2020) with the name Duino Elegies. Edmund De Waal's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called MATIÈRE GRISE and took place at Galerie Max Hetzler | Bleibtreustrasse in Berlin, Germany from the 10 June 2017 to 20 July 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been an important centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained tremendous wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the contemporary era, Britain had been to a great extent eclipsed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 19th century, Britain became an important centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements in British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Edmund De Waal

Edmund De Waal was born in 1964, grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Edmund De Waal

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