Sophie Calle

1953 · France

Artist biography

Sophie Calle is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from France, like other famous artists such as Damir Radovic, Marion Charlet, Olivier Dollinger, Madame Moustache, and Georges Dambier. Sophie Calle was born in 1953.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Sophie Calle is represented and exhibited by multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Galleries exhibiting Sophie Calle's work include Luis Adelantado | Mexico in Mexico, Galería La Caja Negra in Spain, and Perrotin | New York in the United States. Sophie Calle most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Keitelman Gallery in Brussels with the exhibition Me, Myself and I, The Countess of Castiglione. The exhibition was open from 07 September 2017 until 29 November 2017. Sophie Calle's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; A from Animism, Atlas, Adrift (31 March 2019 - 29 February 2020) at Servais Family Collection in Belgium and 2 PROJECTS OF SOPHIE CALLE "PARCE QUE" AND "SOURIS CALLE" (13 October 2018 - 22 December 2018) at Perrotin | Paris, Turenne in France. Sophie Calle's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Me, Myself and I, The Countess of Castiglione and took place at Keitelman Gallery in Brussels, Belgium from the 07 September 2017 to 29 November 2017.

Sophie Calle in private collections

On Artland Sophie Calle's art can be found in the collection of Romain Leclere, who for instance also has works by other artists including Won Sou-Yeol, Douglas Mandry, and Isabel Alonso Vega.

Historical Context of France

France stands out as one of the most prominent agents of modernism. What is today referred to as the avant-garde was established in the first half of the nineteenth century, and involved progressive and ground-breaking movements such as Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Art Nouveau, driven by key figures of the art sphere. Applauded and dominant French artists from the early years of the twentieth century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, although he originally was a Spanish national who relocated in France, as well as Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier, to name a few. Paris was thought to be the most influential and intellectual artistic centre at the start of the century and supported the development of such vital movements as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others, which emerged in the post war era.

Further Biographical Context for Sophie Calle

Born in 1953, Sophie Calle was predominantly influenced by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to evolve and reinforce itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, predominantly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who showed a strong interest in the European ideologies of phenomenology, allied with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the frontiers between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they intended to create life to artworks that would accentuate the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Sophie Calle

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