Ida Retz Wessberg

1986 · Denmark

Artist biography

Ida Retz Wessberg is an emerging contemporary artist, who was born in Denmark, like other prominent artists such as Jørgit Wesselhoff, Søren Bræstrup, Tanja Kaleovski, June Pethrith, and Iben West. Ida Retz Wessberg was born in 1986.

About Ida Retz Wessberg's work

Ida Retz Wessberg's work is often described as Conceptual Art. For a conceptual artist, the artwork needs to detach itself from any sort of traditional representation of what is art, and invite the viewer to enter a world of ideas and concepts, detached from the material reality. Indeed, the core of Conceptualism lies in the fact that the idea behind the artwork has significantly more importance than the finished artwork itself. As a defined movement, Conceptualism first came to be in the late 1960s, with figures such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. The most revolutionary feature of Conceptual Art is that the artwork can take the form of anything, from writings to performances, to a derived use of everyday objects - the boundaries of art are thus shifting, the tradition is critiqued. Conceptualism has been, and still remains, subject to controversy and debate, due to its tendency to provoke the viewer. As a contemporary movement, is it often used as a medium to defy institutions, societal structures and political systems.

Ida Retz Wessberg's exhibition

Ida Retz Wessberg's work are exhibited at the exhibition, Exhale at SIRIN Copenhagen in Denmark. The exhibition is currently open and closes on the 31 March 2020.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been rather influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, which borders its southern frontiers. This sensibility is often combined with the Nordic traits of restraint and melancholy in its arts. At the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark originated a key painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Acclaimed for his wistful and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his exquisite depictions of light and shadow in simple, dignified interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a significant country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Established in 1949, CoBrA's vivid colours and vibrant childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other prominent modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

Further Biographical Context for Ida Retz Wessberg

Ida Retz Wessberg was born in 1986 and was predominantly inspired by the 1990s growing up. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet entrepreneurial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this idea.

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