Elsa Sahal

1975 · France

Artist biography

Elsa Sahal is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from France, like other well-known artists such as Farida Le Suavé, Georges Braque, Françoise Vanneraud, Glabel, and Sebastian Copeland. Elsa Sahal was born in 1975.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Elsa Sahal's work is on display at Galerie Papillon in Paris, France. Elsa Sahal's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Papillon in Paris (29 January 2020 until 22 February 2020) with the exhibition Accrochage. Elsa Sahal's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Papillon in Paris (29 October 2019 - 10 January 2020) with the name 30 ans pile ! and Galerie Papillon in Paris (17 May 2019 - 17 July 2019) with the name Accrochage. Elsa Sahal's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Accrochage and took place at Galerie Papillon in Paris, France from the 22 March 2019 to 03 May 2019.

Historical Context of France

France has been an influential nation in the development of modernism. Throughout the nineteenth century, France fostered the foundations of what is currently known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by internationally famed artists. In the first half of the twentieth century, Paris was an essential intellectual and cultural centre, originating cutting-edge movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements flourished at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French artistic 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 amongst a multitude of others.

Further Biographical Context for Elsa Sahal

Born in 1975, Elsa Sahal's creative work was largely inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. 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 central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this outline.

Elsa Sahal

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