Ragnar Kjartansson

1976 · Iceland

Artist biography

Ragnar Kjartansson is a mid-career established artist, who originates from Iceland, like other prominent artists such as Bjarni Helgason, Finnbogi Pétursson, Margrét H. Blöndal, Sigurgeir Sigurdjónsson, and Sigurdur Guðmundsson. Ragnar Kjartansson was born in 1976.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ragnar Kjartansson's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in Iceland and the United States. Some of those galleries are i8 Gallery and i8 Galleri in Reykjavik, and Luhring Augustine | Bushwick in New York. Ragnar Kjartansson's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition The Annotated Reader at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 19 June 2019 until 13 July 2019. Ragnar Kjartansson's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galleri Bo Bjerggaard in Copenhagen (19 January 2018 - 10 March 2018) with the name Nordic Views and i8 Gallery in Reykjavik (30 January 2019 - 15 March 2019) with the name FIGURES IN LANDSCAPE. Ragnar Kjartansson's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Nordic Views and took place at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard in Copenhagen, Denmark from the 19 January 2018 to 10 March 2018.

Further Biographical Context for Ragnar Kjartansson

Born in 1976, Ragnar Kjartansson's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning 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 group of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as 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 artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became famous for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. 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 exercised a notable influence on younger artists.

Ragnar Kjartansson

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