Michael Kenna

1953 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Michael Kenna is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Michael Kenna was born in 1953. Artists Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah are of the same generation and same country as Michael Kenna.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michael Kenna is represented and exhibited by 8 galleries around the world, in countries such as Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Galleria dell'Incisione in Brescia, Patricia Conde Galería in Mexico City, and Bernheimer Fine Art in Luzern. Michael Kenna most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galleria dell'Incisione in Brescia with the exhibition Rafu. The exhibition was open from 06 December 2019 until 28 January 2020. Michael Kenna's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Bernheimer Fine Art in Luzern (07 February 2019 - 27 April 2019) with the name IN THE ABSENCE OF COLOUR and Bernheimer Fine Art in Luzern (20 June 2019 - 15 August 2019) with the name SHINE, SPARKLE AND DREAM. Michael Kenna's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Michael Kenna and took place at Galerie Albrecht in Berlin, Germany from the 04 July 2017 to 02 September 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an important hub for artistic production for centuries. While it gained vast wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the modern period, Britain had been to a great extent overshadowed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 19th century, Britain became a significant focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement setting the tone 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 notable British artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 Michael Kenna

Born in 1953, Michael Kenna's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to grow and strengthen itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who showed a strong interest in the European ideologies of phenomenology, allied with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the frontiers between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they aimed to give life to artworks that would accentuate the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Michael Kenna

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