Nicolas Baghir

1974 · France

Artist biography

Nicolas Baghir is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in France, like other famous artists such as L’oiseau Craie, Philippe Cognée, Ronan Bouroullec, Frédérique Lucien, and Claude Chaussard. Nicolas Baghir was born in 1974.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Nicolas Baghir's work is available for viewing at Galerie XII located in Paris, France. Nicolas Baghir's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie XII in Paris (12 June 2019 until 26 July 2019) with the exhibition Photographic Passports.

Historical Context of France

France has been a significant nation in the development of modernism. During the 19th century, France established the beginnings of what is today known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by world renowned artists. In the first half of the 20th century, Paris was a fundamental intellectual and cultural centre, contributing cutting-edge movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements flourished at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French artistic figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amongst a multitude of others.

Further Biographical Context for Nicolas Baghir

Born in 1974, Nicolas Baghir was predominantly influenced by the 1990s growing up. 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 defiant yet commercial. Due to the high 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.

Nicolas Baghir

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