Steve McQueen is a British artist. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Goldsmiths College, and the Tisch School at NYU. McQueen, who often appears in his own works, is known for his multi-layered, fascinating films and his utilization of extreme and unexpected camera angles. He won the Turner Prize in 1999 for his exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and an OBE in 2002.
Seen earlier at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager in Basel is presenting a comprehensive exhibition of work by the radical British video artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen. For the first time, more than twenty video and film installations.
Two floors of the Schaulager have been architecturally transformed into a custom-built City of Cinemas. Interior and exterior spaces with viewing apertures, mirrors and variations in light intensities and degrees of darkness provide insights into the artist's work.
Most of McQueen's oeuvre—including his gallery-based installations as well as feature films—evidences a potent, at times oblique, political consciousness. Many works address specific social and historical moments in ways that seemingly emerge from documentary or journalistic impulses. Other films are more abstract, their meanings shaped by allegory or metaphor. McQueen always communicates directly to viewers through what one writer termed "the medium of aesthetic affect."
Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager Website