Joseph Burwell

1970 · Iceland

Artist biography

Joseph Burwell is an established mid-career artist, who was born in Iceland, like other well-known artists such as Thorvaldur Skúlason, Margrét H. Blöndal, District, Elín Hansdóttir, and Olafur Eliasson. Joseph Burwell was born in 1970.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Joseph Burwell's work is available for viewing at Miyako Yoshinga located in New York, the United States. Joseph Burwell's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition (decrypted) micro-myths at Miyako Yoshinga in New York, the United States. The exhibition was open from 19 June 2019 until 26 July 2019.

Further Biographical Context for Joseph Burwell

Joseph Burwell was born in 1970 and was predominantly influenced by the 1990s growing up. 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 collective of creatives, 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 renowned 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 work became noted 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 decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Relational Aesthetics became a core 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 including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this agenda.

Joseph Burwell

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