Nina Chanel Abney

1982 · United States

Artist biography

Nina Chanel Abney is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United States, like other well-known artists such as Morris Engel, Joseph Nechvatal, Lauren Luloff, Debra Hampton, and Arlene Gottfried. Nina Chanel Abney was born in 1982.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Nina Chanel Abney's work is available on display in 3 galleries recorded on Artland. Galleries include Jack Shainman Gallery | West 20th Street and Jack Shainman Gallery | West 24th Street in New York, as well as Goucher College Art Galleries in Baltimore. Nina Chanel Abney's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition NEW IMAGE PORTRAIT CURATED BY TODD KRAMER at Stems Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 23 April 2019 until 31 May 2019. Nina Chanel Abney's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; PAINTINGS (20 November 2018 - 20 December 2018) at Mary Boone Gallery | Chelsea in New York and XERISCAPE (23 June 2018 - 25 August 2018) at Library Street Collective in Detroit.

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 status of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most important art hub internationally. Leading art movements developed and fostered in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has exercised a strong influence upon the worldwide visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 Nina Chanel Abney

Born in 1982, Nina Chanel Abney grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres characterised the atmosphere of the era.

Nina Chanel Abney

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