1972 · France
Laurent Grasso is a mid-career established artist, who originates from France, like other renowned artists such as Chloé Arrouy, Maurice Estève, Fanny Allié, Denny, and Xavier Zimmermann. Laurent Grasso was born in 1972.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Laurent Grasso's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries like France, Italy, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Valentin in France, Alfonso Artiaco in Italy, and Perrotin | New York in the United States. Laurent Grasso's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Italienne in Paris (16 May 2019 until 28 June 2019) with the exhibition SHADOWS. Laurent Grasso's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Otto (06 September 2018 - 06 October 2018) at Perrotin | Paris, Turenne in France and OttO (24 October 2019 - 06 December 2019) at Sean Kelly Gallery in the United States.
Historical Context of France
France has been a significant country in the development of modernism. During the 19th century, France fostered the beginnings of what is currently known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by world renowned artists. During the first part of the 20th century, Paris was a crucial intellectual and cultural centre, establishing cutting-edge 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. Dominant French creative 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 Laurent Grasso
Laurent Grasso was born in 1972, grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the divisive, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres epitomised the atmosphere of the era.