Morten Gersager Abel

1980 · Denmark

Artist biography

Morten Gersager Abel is a mid-career established artist, who originates from Denmark. Morten Gersager Abel was born in 1980. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Jeppe Hein and Jesper Just.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Morten Gersager Abel's work is available for viewing at Galerie Pi in Copenhagen, Denmark. Morten Gersager Abel most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Pi in Copenhagen (28 March 2019 until 03 May 2019) with the exhibition Group Exhibition. Morten Gersager Abel's only other exhibition is Galleriet's kunstnere, which took place at Galerie Pi in Copenhagen, Denmark (09 May 2019 - 28 June 2019).

Morten Gersager Abel in private collections

Morten Gersager Abel's art can be found on Artland in the following collection: Andy. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Bruno Augsburger, Farhad Farzali, and Tora Aghabayova.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been rather influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, which borders its southern limits. This responsiveness is often combined with the Nordic traits of restraint and melancholy in its arts. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark originated a key painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Noted for his melancholic and extremely scarce interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his exquisite depictions of light and shadow in simple, elegant interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a significant country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Founded in 1949, CoBrA's vivid colours and lively childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other critically acclaimed modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

Further Biographical Context for Morten Gersager Abel

Morten Gersager Abel was born in 1980 and was primarily inspired creatively 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 renowned 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 attitude that was rebellious yet commercial. 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’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as shown in the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Morten Gersager Abel

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  • Exhibitions 2

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