Steve McQueen

British, b. 1969

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Steve McQueen

British, b. 1969

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Though Steve McQueen is best known for his heavy-hitting feature films Hunger, Shame, and the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, these movies are just one element of the artist’s long-standing conceptual video art practice. McQueen studied at Goldsmiths with the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin but opted out of the flashy, commerce-oriented Young British Artist (YBA) movement in favor of a career making serious, formally intense, socially engaged films and videos. Although his work has explored such issues as American slavery, the 1981 IRA hunger strike, and colonialism’s never-ending aftermath, he maintains that his work is not about politics per se. “Politics will take care of itself,” McQueen has said. “I’m interested in people who are involved in the situations that politicians create.”

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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 5 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

Though Steve McQueen is best known for his heavy-hitting feature films Hunger, Shame, and the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, these movies are just one element of the artist’s long-standing conceptual video art practice. McQueen studied at Goldsmiths with the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin but opted out of the flashy, commerce-oriented Young British Artist (YBA) movement in favor of a career making serious, formally intense, socially engaged films and videos. Although his work has explored such issues as American slavery, the 1981 IRA hunger strike, and colonialism’s never-ending aftermath, he maintains that his work is not about politics per se. “Politics will take care of itself,” McQueen has said. “I’m interested in people who are involved in the situations that politicians create.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more