Veronica Barcellona

1970 · Belgium

Artist biography

Veronica Barcellona is an established mid-career artist, who originates from Belgium, like other famous artists such as Carl De Keyzer, Anja Van Herle, Peter Buggenhout, Denicolai & Provoost, and Frederic Geurts. Veronica Barcellona was born in 1970.

Veronica Barcellona's Gallery representation

Veronica Barcellona is represented by Amsterdam Whitney Gallery located in New York, the United States.

Historical Context of Belgium

Surrounded by France and the Netherlands, the small country of Belgium has been considerably influenced by its neighbours throughout time and affirmed itself as an exciting and inventive artistic hub in the later part of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were crucial in the unfolding of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly 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. Greatly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a major artistic trend, early precursor 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 founders.

Further Biographical Context for Veronica Barcellona

Born in 1970, Veronica Barcellona grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. In the United Kingdom, a group 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, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number 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 public 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 leading idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline.

Veronica Barcellona

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