Kenya Hanley

1975 · United States

Artist biography

Kenya Hanley is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United States, like other prominent artists such as Sean Fader, Allison Wade, Marvin Luvualu Antonio, Mike Carney, and Barry Kornbluh. Kenya Hanley was born in 1975.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Kenya Hanley is represented by LAND Studio & Gallery located in New York, the United States. Kenya Hanley most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at LAND Studio & Gallery in New York (16 June 2019 until 16 June 2019) with the exhibition LAND at the State Capitol. Kenya Hanley's work has also been exhibited during the The Creative Commons exhibition at LAND Studio & Gallery in New York, the United States (11 January 2019 - 13 April 2019).

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously considered as the most important art centre worldwide. Major art movements established and cultivated in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a strong influence upon the worldwide visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Kenya Hanley

Born in 1975, Kenya Hanley was primarily influenced by the 1990s. 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, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful 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 known 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 gained 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 key idea. It was a term coined 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 like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this idea.

Kenya Hanley

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