Nnenna Okore

1975 · Nigeria

Artist biography

Nnenna Okore is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Nigeria, like other celebrated artists such as Okhai Ojeikere, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Iké Udé, Hakeem Adewumi, and Ifesinachi Comedy Nwanyanwu. Nnenna Okore was born in 1975.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Nnenna Okore is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United States, France, and Germany. Some of those galleries are October Gallery in the United Kingdom, Galerie Dominique Fiat in France, and Jenkins Johnson Gallery | San Francisco in the United States. Nnenna Okore's work has most recently been exhibited at October Gallery in London (26 October 2017 until 21 December 2017) with the exhibition Ụkwa Ruo Oge Ya Ọ Daa - There's a time for everything. Nnenna Okore's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions Winter Salon Part I (07 November 2019 - 24 January 2020) at Jenkins Johnson Gallery | San Francisco in the United States and Osimili (01 June 2017 - 15 July 2017) at Jenkins Johnson Gallery | San Francisco in the United States.

At present, 14 works from Nnenna Okore are for sale on Artland.

Further Biographical Context for Nnenna Okore

Born in 1975, Nnenna Okore was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. 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 varied group 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 attitude that was defiant yet enterprising. 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’.

Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this idea.

The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as represented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

In Japan, a trend began to develop in response to the boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the 1980s. The comic book culture of manga appeared as an art form, and was allied to trends in advertising and graphic design. One of the prominent contemporary Japanese artists was Takashi Murakami, who coined the term ‘Superflat’, a theory influenced by the aesthetic characteristics of manga and the nature of post-war Japanese culture. Having been inspired by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami formed an influential group of artists called Kaikai Kiki, which became internationally recognised in a number of countries.

Conceptual photography began to gain popularity, and was particularly inspired by German ideas and artists. German artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and in turn artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall created works with a cinematic aesthetic that was inspired by the German artists’ work. In terms of painting, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the artistic community.

Nnenna Okore

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