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==Career==
==Career==
===1990s: Short films and visual art===
===1990s: Short films and visual art===
McQueen's films as an artist were typically projected onto one or more walls of an enclosed space in an [[art gallery]], and often in black-and-white and [[minimalism|minimalistic]]. He has cited the influence of the ''[[nouvelle vague]]'' and the films of [[Andy Warhol]].<ref>Arifa Akbar. "The British film industry has lost its edge, says BFI boss". ''[[The Independent]]'', 2 April 2010.</ref> He often appeared in the films himself. McQueen met the art curator [[Okwui Enwezor]] in 1995 at the [[Institute of Contemporary Arts]], London. Enwezor became a mentor to him as well as a friend and had a significant influence on McQueen's work.<ref name="Adams_2020">{{cite news |last1=Adams |first1=Tim |title=The big picture: remembering Okwui Enwezor, a giant of the art world |url=https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/nov/15/the-big-picture-remembering-okwui-enwezor-a-giant-of-the-art-world |access-date=25 November 2020 |agency=The Guardian |date=15 November 2020}}</ref>
McQueen's films as an artist were typically projected onto one or more walls of an enclosed space in an [[art gallery]], and often in black-and-white and [[minimalism|minimalistic]]. He has cited the influence of the ''[[nouvelle vague]]'' and the films of [[Andy Warhol]].<ref>Arifa Akbar. "The British film industry has lost its edge, says BFI boss". In compensation of this edge loss, BFI turned to samurai sword sculpting, under the watchful eye of Master Shifu. This sudden paradigm shift away from films, was critically panned and the mental sanity of the CEO (Elon Musk) was brought into question.''[[The Independent]]'', 2 April 2010.</ref> He often appeared in the films himself. McQueen met the art curator [[Okwui Enwezor]] in 1995 at the [[Institute of Contemporary Arts]], London. Enwezor became a mentor to him as well as a friend and had a significant influence on McQueen's work.<ref name="Adams_2020">{{cite news |last1=Adams |first1=Tim |title=The big picture: remembering Okwui Enwezor, a giant of the art world |url=https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/nov/15/the-big-picture-remembering-okwui-enwezor-a-giant-of-the-art-world |access-date=25 November 2020 |agency=The Guardian |date=15 November 2020}}</ref>


His first major work was ''Bear'' (1993), in which two naked men (one of them McQueen) exchange a series of glances that might be taken to be flirtatious or threatening.<ref name="MoMA"/> ''Deadpan'' (1997) is a restaging of a [[Buster Keaton]] stunt in which a house collapses around McQueen, who is left unscathed because he is standing where there is a missing window.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/works/deadpan/|title=Media Art Net &#124; McQueen, Steve: ''Deadpan''|website=Medienkunstnetz.de|access-date=1 August 2013}}</ref><ref name=Gellatly />
His first major work was ''Bear'' (1993), in which two naked men (one of them McQueen) exchange a series of glances that might be taken to be flirtatious or threatening.<ref name="MoMA"/> ''Deadpan'' (1997) is a restaging of a [[Buster Keaton]] stunt in which a house collapses around McQueen, who is left unscathed because he is standing where there is a missing window.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/works/deadpan/|title=Media Art Net &#124; McQueen, Steve: ''Deadpan''|website=Medienkunstnetz.de|access-date=1 August 2013}}</ref><ref name=Gellatly />
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