Martin Wenzel

1979 · Germany

Artist biography

Martin Wenzel is an established mid-career artist, who was born in Germany, like other renowned artists such as Monika Falke, Silvia Beck / Viola Kamp, Eigil G. Rasmussen , Heinz Butz, and Peter Dreher. Martin Wenzel was born in 1979.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Martin Wenzel's work is available for viewing at PPC Philipp Pflug Contemporary in Frankfurt, Germany. Martin Wenzel's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition DEAR KUDJOE at PPC Philipp Pflug Contemporary in Frankfurt, Germany. The exhibition was open from 03 May 2019 until 07 June 2019.

Further Biographical Context for Martin Wenzel

Martin Wenzel was born in 1979 and was primarily influenced by the 1990s. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most famous member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet entrepreneurial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Conceptual photography began to gain popularity, and was particularly inspired by German ideas and artists. German artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and in turn artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall created works with a cinematic quality that was inspired by the German artists’ work. In terms of painting, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger secured influential status in the artistic community.

Martin Wenzel

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