Nick Brandt

1966 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Nick Brandt is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Nick Brandt was born in 1966. Also born in the United Kingdom around 1966 and of the same generation are Chris Ofili, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Taylor-Wood), Chantal Joffe, Tacita Dean and David Shrigley.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Nick Brandt's work is available on viewing in Galerie Edwynn Houk | Zurich in Switzerland and Edwynn Houk Gallery | New York in the United States. Nick Brandt most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at 3 Punts Galeria in Barcelona (09 January 2020 until 06 March 2020) with the exhibition Photo Icons. Nick Brandt's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; This Empty World (27 February 2019 - 26 April 2019) at Fahey/Klein in the United States and This Empty World (21 February 2019 - 20 April 2019) at Edwynn Houk Gallery | New York in the United States.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent rise 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 authority 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 degree outshined by their respective impact on the art of the modern period. 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 radical 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 guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally distinctive 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 Nick Brandt

Born in 1966, Nick Brandt was primarily inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Nick Brandt

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