Kresten Havgaard

1962 · Denmark

Artist biography

Kresten Havgaard is seen as an established artist, who originates from Denmark, like other artists such as Troels Aagaard, Nino Orio, Madelene Poulsen, Anton Munar, and Lara/Vaseli. Kresten Havgaard was born in 1962.

Galleries

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Kresten Havgaard's work, which are Galerie MøllerWitt in Copenhagen, Denmark and Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark.

Kresten Havgaard in private collections

On Artland Kresten Havgaard's artworks can be found in the collection of Andy and Salles collection, who for instance also has works by other artists including Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Hur Kyung-Ae, and Bruno Augsburger.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been very influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, that borders its southern limits. This responsiveness is often combined with the Nordic traits of restraint and melancholy in its arts. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark originated a key painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Noted for his wistful and extremely scarce interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his exquisite representations of light and shadow in simple, dignified interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a key country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Established in 1949, CoBrA's vivid colours and vibrant childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other critically acclaimed modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

Further Biographical Context for Kresten Havgaard

Kresten Havgaard was born in 1962 and was largely influenced by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural environment. The 1980s were a significant decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Kresten Havgaard

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