1987 · France
Julia Battaia is an emerging artist, who was born and brought up in France, like other famous artists such as Marion Bataillard, Georges Tony Stoll, Eugene Boudin, Marc Couturier, and Julien Graizely. Julia Battaia was born in 1987.
About Julia Battaia's works
Julia Battaia is a notable figure within the fields of Street art, Design, Pop, Minimalism and Figuration. More than just a movement, street art can be defined as a true art form, and as an essential part of modern contemporary art. Driven by the graffiti art of the 1970s-1980s, street art has since been in a constant flux of self-transformation, eternally shifting the boundaries and the reality of modern art. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were pioneers in demonstrating that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings, thus inspiring later artists such as Shepard Fairey, JR and Banksy to keep exploring and re-defining street art.
Since the early 20th century, the word “design” has been used to refer to objects valued for the aesthetic qualities they convey. It was often used in correlation with the decorative-arts, but with the societal shifts of the 20th and 21st century, the term “design” expanded to a wider field, and now includes areas such as industrial design, graphic design and fashion design. Some of the most significant design movements include The Arts and Crafts movements and the Bauhaus, which succeeded in unifying artistic creativity with the manufacturing of objects.
It is British curator Lawrence Alloway who invented the term Pop-Art in 1955, to characterize a new form of “Popular” art – a movement characterized by the imagery of consumerism, mass reproduction, the media and popular culture from which its name derives. The Pop Art artists got inspired by advertising, pulp magazines, billboards, movies, television, comic strips, and shop windows for their humorous, playful and satirical works, which both can be seen as a glorification and a critique of popular culture. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Pop Art include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Richard Hamilton.
Minimalism is among the most significant contemporary art movements, which came to be at the end of the 1950s, and remained extremely influential throughout the 1960s. First appearing in New York City, Minimalism initially arose from a will to escape from Abstract Expressionism, especially amidst younger, blossoming artists. They preferred a polished formal aesthetic, rather geometrical and bare of any expression. The Second World War era saw a sizeable number of European artistic immigrants gathering in New York City, and artworks by members of the German Bauhaus, the Dutch De Stijl artists and Russian Constructivists became particularly fashionable, highly influencing the new generation of American minimalist artists. New progressive forms of expressions were established by each of these groups, and strongly inspired artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Dan Flavin and Robert Morris, amongst others. They were generally able to shift their practices by producing artworks that would grant the viewer with a purely visual response. The aim was to unveil the formal components that compose a painting or sculpture, stripping away the gestural elements of it.
Historical Context of France
France has been an influential country in the unfolding of modernism. Throughout the nineteenth century, France fostered the foundations of what is today known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by world renowned artists. In the first half of the twentieth century, Paris was an essential intellectual and cultural centre, establishing cutting-edge movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements emerged at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Dominant French creative figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amongst many of others.
Further Biographical Context for Julia Battaia
Julia Battaia was born in 1987 and was predominantly inspired by the 1990s growing up. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central 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 outline.