Shara Hughes

1981 · United States

Artist biography

Shara Hughes is a mid-career established artist, who originates from the United States, like other well-known artists such as Suzette Bross, Alexis Convento, Barry Mcgee, Sarah Cameron, and Arshile Gorky Estate. Shara Hughes was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Shara Hughes is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries like Switzerland and the United States. Some of those galleries are Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Switzerland, as well as Galerie Eva Presenhuber | New York and Rachel Uffner Gallery in the United States. Shara Hughes' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Works from a Private Collection (05 October 2018 - 18 January 2019) at Grieder Contemporary in Zurich and Group exhibition (20 January 2018 - 24 February 2018) at Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich. Shara Hughes' first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Group exhibition and took place at Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich, Switzerland from the 20 January 2018 to 24 February 2018.

Shara Hughes in private collections

It is the collector Tony Mangle, who is in possession of art by Shara Hughes at Artland. Tony Mangle also has works by other artists including Farhad Farzali, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Liam Fallon.

Historical Context of United States

The US, particularly New York city, endures as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly powerful art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art capital. The predominance of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern sphere has provided the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that emerged in the US. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the modern age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Shara Hughes

Born in 1981, Shara Hughes' creative work was largely 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 successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became noted 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 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international 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 strong influence on less established artists.

Shara Hughes

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 10

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