Steve McQueen

born 1969

Steve McQueen, ‘Bear’ 1993
Bear 1993
© Steve McQueen; courtesy the artist and of Thomas Dane Gallery, London
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Biography

Steven Rodney McQueen (born 9 October 1969) is a British film director and screenwriter. For his 2013 film 12 Years a Slave, a historical drama adaptation of an 1853 slave narrative memoir, he won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award for Best Film, and Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as a producer, and he also received the award for Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle. McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. McQueen frequently collaborates with actor Michael Fassbender, who has starred in three of McQueen's feature films. McQueen's other feature films are Hunger (2008), a historical drama about the 1981 Irish hunger strike, Shame (2011), a drama about an executive struggling with sex addiction, and Widows (2018), a thriller about a group of women who vow to finish the heist their husbands died attempting.

For his artwork, McQueen has received the Turner Prize, the highest award given to a British visual artist. In 2006 he produced Queen and Country, which commemorates the deaths of British soldiers in Iraq by presenting their portraits as a sheet of stamps. For services to the visual arts, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.

In April 2014, TIME magazine included McQueen in its annual TIME 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World." In October 2016, McQueen was granted the British Film Institute's highest honour, the BFI Fellowship.

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Artworks

Steve McQueen Bear

1993

Steve McQueen Static

2009

Film and audio

Venice Biennale 09: Adrian Searle

Venice highlights with art critic Adrian Searle

Features

In Focus

Static 2009 by Steve McQueen

Rachel Wells

Filmed from a helicopter circling the Statue of Liberty in New York, Steve McQueen’s Static fixes its gaze on ...

Tate Etc

Steve McQueen's Bear: Tate Etc. at Tate Britain / Artists' Perspectives

Aida Muluneh

In celebration of the reopening of Tate Britain, Tate Etc. invited a selection of artists from around the world to ...

Tate Etc

Interview: Steve McQueen Q&A

Artist Steve McQueen talks about his award-winning first feature film Hunger, the story of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands

Tate Papers

The Legacy of Interaction: Artists at the Imperial War Museum 1981–2007

Catherine Moriarty and Angela Weight

The idea that artists might reinvigorate and activate collections in new ways no longer seems a radical concept, but this ...

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