Merlin Carpenter

1967 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Merlin Carpenter is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Merlin Carpenter was born in 1967. Artists Lorna Simpson, Gary Hume, Edmund de Waal and Yinka Shonibare are of the same generation and same country as Merlin Carpenter.

Exhibitions

Merlin Carpenter most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Simon Lee | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition Solo Exhibition. The exhibition was open from 22 November 2019 until 17 January 2020. Merlin Carpenter's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; dépendance in Brussels (06 March 2020 - 11 April 2020) with the name Circuits and Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York (31 January 2020 - 01 March 2020) with the name Paint-It-Yoursel.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a rather significant extent eclipsed by their respective impact on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, fundamentally characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists known for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically remarkable British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Merlin Carpenter

Born in 1967, Merlin Carpenter grew up during the 1980s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The 1980s were a tumultuous 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 atmosphere. The 1980s were an important 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 well-known 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 primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Merlin Carpenter

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