1977 · Belgium
Sammy Slabbinck is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Jean De Groote, Nina Vandeweghe, Camiel Van Breedam, Eugène Dodeigne, and Leroy Brothers (Gilles). Sammy Slabbinck was born in 1977.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Sammy Slabbinck's work is available for viewing at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. Sammy Slabbinck's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Re-Animator at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 03 December 2019 until 25 January 2020.
Historical Context of Belgium
Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the small country of Belgium has been considerably influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as a vibrant and inventive artistic hub in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the unfolding of Surrealism in the 1930s, primarily through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Highly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a major artistic trend, early predecessor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the age of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the end of the nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its creators.
Further Biographical Context for Sammy Slabbinck
Born in 1977, Sammy Slabbinck was largely influenced by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a significant decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.
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