Kader Attia

1970 · France

Artist biography

Kader Attia is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from France, like other well-known artists such as Vincent Gicquel, Claire Morel, Rebecca Digne, Julienbismuth, and Stéphane Ducatteau. Kader Attia was born in 1970.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Kader Attia's work, including galleries in countries such as the United States and Germany. Some of those galleries are Lehmann Maupin | New York in the United States, as well as Galerie Nagel Draxler and Galerie Nagel Draxler oHG| Cologne in Germany. Kader Attia most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna (28 October 2019 until 10 December 2019) with the exhibition 2009:2019 FILMS. Kader Attia's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galleria Continua | Beijing in China (24 October 2019 - 25 April 2020) with the name 15 Artists for 15 Years and Regen Projects in the United States (11 April 2020 - 09 May 2020) with the name The Valley of Dreams. Kader Attia's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called The Body’s Legacies. The Post-Colonial Body and took place at Galerie Nagel Draxler in Berlin, Germany from the 20 February 2019 to 16 April 2019.

Historical Context of France

France has been an important nation in the unfolding of modernism. During the 19th century, France established the foundations 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 20th century, Paris was a fundamental intellectual and cultural hub, contributing vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements flourished 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 many of others.

Further Biographical Context for Kader Attia

Born in 1970, Kader Attia grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. 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 diverse collective of practitioners. A number 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 famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was rebellious yet commercial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, 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 making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this agenda.

Kader Attia

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