Julie Béna

1982 · France

Artist biography

Julie Béna is a mid-career established artist, who was born and brought up in France, like other prominent artists such as Didier Mencoboni, Martin Coste, Macfarlane, Catherine Seher, and Rachel Labastie. Julie Béna was born in 1982.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Julie Béna is represented by Galerie Joseph Tang in Paris, France. Julie Béna most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at SIC in Helsinki with the exhibition Good Vibrations. The exhibition was open from 29 April 2017 until 28 May 2017. Julie Béna's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Joseph Tang in France (24 January 2019 - 28 February 2019) with the name WHO WANTS TO BE MY HORSE? and Mathew | Berlin in Germany (08 March 2018 - 14 April 2018) with the name Room Raiders.

Historical Context of France

France has been an important nation in the development of modernism. Throughout the nineteenth century, France established the beginnings of what is currently known as the avant-garde, with movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by critically acclaimed artists. During the first part of the twentieth century, Paris was a fundamental intellectual and cultural hub, contributing vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements blossomed at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French artistic 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 amidst a multitude of others.

Further Biographical Context for Julie Béna

Born in 1982, Julie Béna was largely inspired by the 1990s. 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 artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as 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 art became famous 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'. Also gaining prominence at this time was a developing trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form an influential collective called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Julie Béna

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