Melanie Smith

1965 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Melanie Smith is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Melanie Smith was born in 1965. Born in the same country and around the same year are Chris Ofili, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Taylor-Wood), Chantal Joffe, Tacita Dean and David Shrigley.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Melanie Smith is represented by Galerie Peter Kilchmann located in Zurich, Switzerland. Melanie Smith most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Espac in Mexico City with the exhibition Lucid presence. The exhibition was open from 27 June 2019 until 27 September 2019. Melanie Smith's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Inter-medio, which took place at Espac in Mexico City, Mexico (28 November 2019 - 30 March 2020).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued vast wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the contemporary period, Britain had been to a great extent eclipsed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became an important centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Melanie Smith

Born in 1965, Melanie Smith's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Melanie Smith

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