Ned Vena

1982 · United States

Artist biography

Ned Vena is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United States, like other famous artists such as Joffe Chantal, Joey Wolf, Eric Baudelaire, April Street, and Paul McCarthy. Ned Vena was born in 1982.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ned Vena's work is on display at Société located in Berlin, Germany. Ned Vena most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Société in Berlin (11 September 2019 until 24 October 2019) with the exhibition SELBSTBILDNIS.

Ned Vena in private collections

There are two collectors in possession of artworks by Ned Vena at Artland. These collectors include Louis Kotze and Jimenez -Colon Collection, who also has works by other artists including Jesús Herrera Martínez, Shahnaz Aghayeva, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art centre worldwide. Major art movements established and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many types. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence over the global visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Ned Vena

Born in 1982, Ned Vena was predominantly influenced by the 1990s. A group 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 diverse collective of practitioners. A number 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 outlook that was rebellious yet entrepreneurial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, 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 represented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Ned Vena

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 2

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