Nick Oberthaler

1981 · Austria

Artist biography

Nick Oberthaler is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Austria, like other famous artists such as Jakob Kirchmayer , Kurt Ryslavy, Martin Beck, Markus Huemer, and Birgit Jürgenssen. Nick Oberthaler was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Nick Oberthaler is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries like the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Galleries exhibiting Nick Oberthaler's work include Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | London in the United Kingdom, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Salzburg Halle in Austria, and Martin van Zomeren in the Netherlands. Nick Oberthaler most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Emanuel Layr in Vienna (25 June 2019 until 06 September 2019) with the exhibition M_O_B. Nick Oberthaler's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Charity (25 November 2019 - 20 December 2019) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Salzburg Villa Kast in Austria and SEQUEL (27 January 2019 - 16 March 2019) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Salzburg Villa Kast in Austria. Nick Oberthaler's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Comfortable Cut and took place at Martin van Zomeren in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from the 27 May 2017 to 24 June 2017.

Historical Context of Austria

At the start of the 20th century, Austria was among the most pioneering and culturally progressive countries. It fostered important developments in the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau, called Jugendstil in German, from around 1895 to 1910, forming a key bridge between the 19th century and the onset of modernism. This kind of progressive, avant-garde thinking led directly into the Viennese Secession movement, one of the key art and design movements of the early twentieth century. It was formed in 1897 by a group of Austrian painters, graphic artists, sculptors and architects, including Josef Hoffman Koloman Moser, Otto Wagner, and Gustave Klimt, when artists resigned, en masse, from the Association of Austrian Artists in protest against its support for more traditional artistic styles. and an exchange of ideas with international artists, disputing artistic nationalism, renewing the decorative arts and, most crucially, creating a "total art (Gesamtkunstwerk)" that unified painting, architecture, and the decorative arts. The group was vehemently opposed to the domination of the official Vienna Academy of the Arts (the Vienna Künstlerhaus), and official art salons, with their traditional orientation toward Historicism. Ultimately the group broke apart, the decorative artists choosing instead to focus on a new guild called the Wiener Werkstatte. In the late 1930s, Austria was annexed by the developing force of Hitler's Nazi Germany, an act known as the Anschluss, and which organised Austria into a province of a greater German Reich. During this period, like in Germany, the Avant-garde was named 'Entartete Kunst', translating to 'degenerate art', and was oppressed with only 'official' social realist art being approved, or even allowed by the state. Consequently, there was a significant exodus of creative talent who determined that their interests would be best served by moving to London or New York. In the twentieth century, central Austrian artists included Josef Hoffman, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Herbert Bayer (the typography and graphic design pioneer of the Bauhaus), architect and designer Josef Frank, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Maria Lassnig, Hermann Nitsch, Arnulf Rainer, Franz West and Erwin Wurm.

Further Biographical Context for Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler was born in 1981 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start 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 renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved 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 major 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 exerted a notable influence on less established artists.

Nick Oberthaler