Yan Morvan

1954 · France

Artist biography

Yan Morvan is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from France, like other artists such as Zebra Hans Thelen, Smith, Anne Saussois, Ratafiou, and Bruno Rousseaud. Yan Morvan was born in 1954.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Yan Morvan is represented by Sit Down in Paris, France. Yan Morvan most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Ceysson & Bénétière | Paris in France (17 December 2019 until 31 January 2020) with the exhibition GUERRE(S). Yan Morvan's work has also been exhibited during the Anarchy in the UK exhibition at Sit Down in Paris, France (14 September 2019 - 17 September 2019).

Historical Context of France

France has been a significant nation in the unfolding of modernism. Throughout the 19th century, France fostered the beginnings of what is today known as the avant-garde, with movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by internationally famed artists. In the first half of the 20th century, Paris was a crucial intellectual and cultural hub, contributing vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements blossomed at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Dominant French creative figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amidst many of others.

Further Biographical Context for Yan Morvan

Yan Morvan was born in 1954 and was largely inspired by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all representative of a strong desire to progress and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, highlighting some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre reclaimed its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The majority of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-cultural activity that no other visual artist OF his standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. Across the globe, various movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the new radical philosophies it entailed strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also received critical and commercial success. The critical, leading artistic figures of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

Yan Morvan

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