Isaac Julien

1960 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Isaac Julien is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Isaac Julien was born in 1960. Artists Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport are of the same generation and same country as Isaac Julien.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Isaac Julien is represented by 5 galleries around the world, including countries such as the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam, Galería Helga De Alvear in Madrid, and Galeria Nara Roesler in New York. Isaac Julien most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road in London with the exhibition Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement. The exhibition was open from 06 June 2019 until 26 July 2019. Isaac Julien's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road in London (01 October 2019 - 01 November 2019) with the name Rock My Soul and Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road in London (18 May 2017 - 29 July 2017) with the name I Dream A World” Looking For Langston. Isaac Julien's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called I Dream A World” Looking For Langston and took place at Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road in London, the United Kingdom from the 18 May 2017 to 29 July 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant extent eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists known for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien was born in 1960 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1980s growing up. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain recognition, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Isaac Julien