Haig Aivazian

1980 · Lebanon

Artist biography

Haig Aivazian is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Lebanon, like other famous artists such as Silwan Ibrahim, Joana Hadjithomas, Ayman Baalbaki, Ziad Antar, and Ninar Esber. Haig Aivazian was born in 1980.

Haig Aivazian's Gallery representation

Haig Aivazian is represented and exhibited by Sfeir-Semler Gallery located in Hamburg, Germany.

Further Biographical Context for Haig Aivazian

Born in 1980, Haig Aivazian's creative work was predominantly inspired 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 group of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as 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 members 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'. 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 significant artists who worked to this idea.

Haig Aivazian

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