Simon Starling

1967 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Simon Starling is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Simon Starling 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

Simon Starling's work is on display in 3 galleries around the world, in countries such as Denmark, Italy, and the United States. Galleries include Edition Copenhagen in Denmark, Galleria Franco Noero | Piazza Carignano in Italy, and Casey Kaplan in the United States. Simon Starling most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galleria Franco Noero | Piazza Carignano in Turin (14 October 2019 until 10 January 2020) with the exhibition A-A’, B-B’.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued vast wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the contemporary era, Britain had been to a great extent overshadowed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late 19th century, Britain became an important focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy 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 Simon Starling

Born in 1967, Simon Starling's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period 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 atmosphere. The 1980s were a significant decade in terms of politics, 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 prominent 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 key 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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