Sam Taylor-Johnson

1967 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Sam Taylor-Johnson is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Sam Taylor-Johnson was born in 1967. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Chris Ofili, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Taylor-Wood), Chantal Joffe, Tacita Dean and David Shrigley.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Sam Taylor-Johnson is represented by White Cube | Bermondsey in London, the United Kingdom. Sam Taylor-Johnson's work has most recently been exhibited at Sprüth Magers | London in the United Kingdom (23 July 2019 until 13 September 2019) with the exhibition NEW ORDER: ART, PRODUCT, IMAGE 1976 - 1995. Sam Taylor-Johnson's only other exhibition is A TIME CAPSULE REVISITED, which took place at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland (24 August 2018 - 14 November 2018).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated tremendous wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the modern era, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the reputation of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 19th century, Britain became a significant centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Sam Taylor-Johnson

Sam Taylor-Johnson was born in 1967, grew up during the 1980s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Sam Taylor-Johnson

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