Hilary Harnischfeger

1972 · Australia

Artist biography

Hilary Harnischfeger is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from Australia, like other prominent artists such as Kez Hughes, Kate Bohunnis, Anna Sew Hoy, Patrick McMahon, and Michael Shannon. Hilary Harnischfeger was born in 1972.

Hilary Harnischfeger's Gallery representation

Hilary Harnischfeger's work is on display at Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York, the United States.

Further Biographical Context for Hilary Harnischfeger

Born in 1972, Hilary Harnischfeger was primarily influenced by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start 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 practitioners, 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 noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known 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 key idea. It was a term created 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 such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this agenda.

Hilary Harnischfeger

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