Newsha Tavakolian

1981 · Iran

Artist biography

Newsha Tavakolian is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born in Iran, like other well-known artists such as Maryam Najd, Amir Mobed, Anoush Abrar, Shiva Ahmadi, and Ala Dehghan. Newsha Tavakolian was born in 1981.

Newsha Tavakolian's Gallery representation

Newsha Tavakolian's work is available for viewing at Thomas Erben Gallery located in New York, the United States.

Further Biographical Context for Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian was born in 1981, grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most famous artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exercised a notable influence on younger artists.

Newsha Tavakolian

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