Marie-Claire Blais

1974 · Canada

Artist biography

Marie-Claire Blais is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in Canada, like other celebrated artists such as Stephen Shellenberger, Sarah Joncas, Chris M., David Newkirk, and Derek Sullivan. Marie-Claire Blais was born in 1974.

Marie-Claire Blais' Gallery representation

Marie-Claire Blais' work is on display at Arsenal Contemporary | New York in the United States.

Further Biographical Context for Marie-Claire Blais

Marie-Claire Blais was born in 1974 and was primarily influenced creatively 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 practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work 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 considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exercised a strong influence on less established artists.

Marie-Claire Blais

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