Pieter Hugo

1976 · South Africa

Artist biography

Pieter Hugo is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in South Africa, like other well-known artists such as Faith47, Jeannette Unite, Gerda Scheepers, Asha Zero, and Ryan Hewett. Pieter Hugo was born in 1976.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Pieter Hugo's work, including galleries in countries such as the Netherlands, the United States, and Germany. Galleries include Cokkie Snoei in Rotterdam, Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, and PRISKA PASQUER in Cologne. Pieter Hugo's most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Cokkie Snoei in Rotterdam (07 January 2018 until 10 February 2018) with the exhibition In praise of the vulnerable. Pieter Hugo's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York (09 January 2020 - 28 February 2020) with the name La Cucaracha and PRISKA PASQUER in Cologne (05 September 2019 - 22 November 2019) with the name La Cucaracha.

Currently on Artland, 26 of Pieter Hugo's works are available to purchase.

Pieter Hugo in private collections

On Artland Pieter Hugo's art can be found in the collection of johnnyroux, who for instance also has works by other artists including Kevin Demery, Lolo & Sosaku, and Paul Cupido.

Further Biographical Context for Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo was born in 1976 and was predominantly inspired by the 1990s growing up. In the United Kingdom, a collective 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, united 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 well-known member of the group 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 garnered a divisive reputation 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.

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

The boom in consumerism and advertising that took place in the 1980s influenced a trend in Japan that matured into the art form of manga, which was visually inspired by trends in advertising and graphic design. Takashi Murakami arose as a prominent figure in the art world, coining the term ‘Superflat’ to describe a theory inspired by the aesthetic characteristics of manga and the nature of post-war Japanese culture. Murakami went on to found the influential Kaikai Kiki collective, which was inspired by his experiences living in New York City in the mid-1990s.

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 epitomised the cultural tone of the era.

German artists and ideas heavily influenced trends in conceptual photography during this time. German artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and inspired international artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who created images with a cinematic expressiveness that were inspired by the themes present in the German artists’ work. At the same time, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the field of painting.

Pieter Hugo

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 3

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