Ken Currie

1960 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Ken Currie is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Ken Currie was born in 1960. Artists Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah are of the same generation and same country as Ken Currie.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ken Currie's work is available for viewing at Flowers | New York in the United States. Ken Currie's work has most recently been exhibited at Flowers | Kingsland Road in London (21 February 2019 until 26 April 2019) with the exhibition Red Ground. Ken Currie's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Rictus (08 November 2017 - 09 December 2017) at Flowers | Cork Street in the United Kingdom and Flowers Contemporary III (18 January 2019 - 22 March 2019) at Flowers | New York in the United States.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting 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 obvious cultural authority 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 outshined by their respective impact on the art of the modern period. 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 radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their affiliation 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 Ken Currie

Born in 1960, Ken Currie grew up during the 1970s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all characteristic of a strong desire to evolve and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous 1960s. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre reclaimed its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The multicultural and sophisticated position that New York city held in the 1960s remained just as influential in the 1970s. With multiple global renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again strengthened its reputation as the artistic hub of the era. All over, numerous movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the new radical philosophies it entailed strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also gained critical and commercial success. The critical, prominent artistic pillars of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

Ken Currie

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