Wael Shawky

1971 · Egypt

Artist biography

Wael Shawky is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from Egypt, like other famous artists such as Farouk Hosny, Yassin Mohamed, Yalter, Ehab Amged, and Hassan Khan. Wael Shawky was born in 1971.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Wael Shawky is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United States, Italy, and Germany. Galleries include Lisson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, Lia Rumma Gallery in Italy, and Lisson Gallery | Tenth Avenue, New York in the United States. Wael Shawky most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Lisson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition EVERYTHING AT ONCE. The exhibition was open from 05 October 2017 until 10 December 2017. Wael Shawky's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani in Italy (19 June 2019 - 30 July 2019) with the name Demons in line and Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland (22 February 2020 - 18 July 2020) with the name (Self)Portraits. Wael Shawky's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called EVERYTHING AT ONCE and took place at Lisson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom from the 05 October 2017 to 10 December 2017.

Further Biographical Context for Wael Shawky

Wael Shawky was born in 1971 and was predominantly inspired creatively 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 well-known member of the group 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 gained a divisive 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 enterprising. 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 key 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 agenda.

Wael Shawky

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