Vanessa Henn

1970 · Germany

Artist biography

Vanessa Henn is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in Germany, like other renowned artists such as Arnold Balwe, Arthur Köpcke, Katharina Immekus, Oliver Czarnetta, and Klaus Staudt. Vanessa Henn was born in 1970.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Vanessa Henn is represented and exhibited by Bartha Contemporary in London, the United Kingdom. Vanessa Henn's work has most recently been exhibited at Semjon Contemporary in Berlin (07 February 2020 until 13 March 2020) with the exhibition collAge.

Further Biographical Context for Vanessa Henn

Born in 1970, Vanessa Henn was largely influenced by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a controversial reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a influential idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this idea.

Vanessa Henn

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