|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Wednesday, July 27, 2016
|The Whitney Museum presents I, You, We, a look at the turbulent 1980s and early '90s|
Donald Moffett, (b. 1955), He Kills Me, 1987. Offset lithography, 23 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of David W. Kiehl in memory of artists and artworkers who died of AIDS 2012.160 © Donald Moffett, 1987.
NEW YORK, NY.- The final installment in a series of exhibitions reassessing the Museums permanent collection, I, YOU, WEthree words that strike at the core of how artists perceive themselves, their subjects, and society in generalprovides the framework for a survey of art from the 1980s through the early 90s at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Curated by David Kiehl and composed of deeply personal paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs culled from the Museums permanent collection, the show reveals both the individual and collective concerns of this highly charged era. I, YOU, WE will be on view from April 25 to September 1 in the Museums secondfloor Mildred and Herbert Lee Galleries.
The 1980s are often remembered as the time of a burgeoning art market, fueled by equally surging stock prices, although in fact this pivotal period witnessed a widening gap in wealth and ideology throughout the country. Though Wall Street experienced record growths, less prosperous members of society suffered the effects of rapid gentrification and disenfranchisement. This was also a time when the AIDS epidemic ravaged communities, though the disease went largely unacknowledged by politicians, including President Ronald Reagan, who failed to mention its existence until 1987.
Within this divided landscape, artists confronted essential questions about identity within their work. In examining their answers, I, YOU, WE explores how notions of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and community informed the work of artists throughout this tumultuous timeframe.
The brash and often strident, confrontational approaches initiated by artists during this period to address the personal, social, economic, and political concerns of these years have a stirring, thought-provoking relevancy to our present day, says David Kiehl, the Whitneys curator of prints and special exhibitions, who organized the show.
Arranged into four sections, the show begins with a gallery devoted to I. Largely composed of works that address shifting perceptions of personal identity, this space will contain pieces by John Coplans, Robert Gober, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mark Morrisroe, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Francesca Woodman, among others. Though many of the works are selfportraits, others play with notions of individuality such as Jasper Johnss Racing Thoughts (1983) and Glenn Ligons 1990 painting Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored).
Moving into the YOU section, the perspective shifts outward as works portray intimate interactions between artists and their subjects. Within this section are Sally Manns pair of photographs of her son in Jessie as Jessie and Jessie as Madonna (1990); Jim Dines etchings of his wife in Nancy Outside in July IV (1978) and Nancy Outside in July XXI: The Red Frame (1981); and Richard Avedons portrait, Bill Curry, Drifter, Interstate 40, Yukon Oklahoma 6/16/80 (1980). Included in this section are also works by Peter Hujar, Alfred Leslie, Hung Liu, Andrea Modica, Shirin Neshat, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, David Salle, and Lorna Simpson.
The most densely packed section, WE, scrutinizes the fundamental ideologies of contemporary American society as the nation became increasingly polarized. Untitled (We will no longer be seen and not heard) (1985) by Barbara Kruger, selections from the Yellow No Same (1992) series by Japanese-American artist Roger Shimomura, and Hollywood Africans (1983) by Jean-Michel Basquiat give voice to marginalized communities. Meanwhile Barbara Norfleets photograph Private House, The Bahamas (1982) and Eric Fischls painting A Visit To/A Visit From/The Island (1983) juxtapose the disparity between haves and have-nots. The section also includes works by Tina Barney, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jenny Holzer, Les Levine, Robert Longo, Juan Sanchez and Nancy Spero, as well as two important portfolios created in the Lower East SidePAD/Ds Concrete Crisis and Bullet Spaces Your House Is Mine.
The exhibition continues with a gallery devoted to the devastating effect of AIDS within the arts community and country as a whole. Reactions to this disease, from the activism promoted in General Ideas Robert Indianainspired posters to the anger in David Wojnarowiczs highly charged One Day, This Kid (1990), provide a stark reminder of AIDS profound effects on the political landscape and individuals of the time. Other works include Donald Moffetts He Kills Me (1987), Martin Wongs Big Heat (1988), Hugh Steerss Bed Pan (1994), sheets from Sue Coes AIDS Suite (1994), photographs by Nicholas Nixon from his People with AIDS series and Wojnarowiczs intimate photographs of Peter Hujar minutes after his death.
The final gallery is devoted to Nan Goldins Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1976-96), a visual diary of Goldins friends and family. Comprised of approximately 700 slides and an accompanying soundtrack, the work incorporates themes that are interwoven throughout the exhibition. I, YOU, WE marks the final installment of a two-year exhibition series delving into the Whitneys permanent collection. This series was launched in April 2011 to reassess the Museums holdings in anticipation of the 2015 opening of our new building in New Yorks Meatpacking District. Unfolding chronologically, the five exhibitionsBreaking Ground: The Whitneys Founding Collection; Real/Surreal; Signs & Symbols; Sinister Pop; and I, YOU, WE-- have eschewed standard isms and general movements frequently used to categorize art history. Instead, the Whitneys curators have sought to reframe both well-known and underappreciated works within the collection in new contexts.
April 25, 2013
A century after the abstract artist left, Mark Rothko museum opens in Latvian hometown
The Whitney Museum presents I, You, We, a look at the turbulent 1980s and early '90s
Mexican archaeologists study cave paintings found in the northeast part of Argentina
The Museo Nacional del Prado launches the first official app of the Museum: The Prado Guide for iPad
George W. Bush: "Painting has changed my life in an unbelievably positive way"
A fancy deep-blue diamond sets a world record at Bonhams Fine Jewellery sale in London
Stephen Haller Gallery in New York opens exhibition of dynamic new work by Nobu Fukui
Six giant inflatable sculptures installed next to M+, Hong Kong's future museum for visual culture
World record at Bonhams in London for a bottle from the golden age of the Ottoman Empire
Lost Russian masterpiece by Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich for sale at Bonhams
Clark Research and Academic Program appoints Darby English as new Director
Exhibition of Jiro Osuga's work celebrates the launch of his new website Planet Jiro
Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire acquires three important Contemporary works of art
A master photographer at Maxxi: Luigi Ghirri: Thinking through Images"
Nina Canell's "O Little Drops" opens at mother's tankstation in Dublin
"Sean Scully: Doric" on view at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Soo Sunny Park transforms Rice Gallery into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color.
Emeralds, gold coins reign at Government Auction, April 28
Toshio Shibata and Toeko Tatsuno open their first joint exhibition in New York at Laurence Miller Gallery
A Palladian Villa by Michael S. Smith achieves $6.5 million at Christie's New York
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- 100 nude women pose in Cleveland, reflecting on Trump
2.- West Kowloon Cultural District Authority appoints M+ Executive Director
3.- Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil: Movie has US premiere at Film Forum
4.- Masterpieces replaced by fakes in six national galleries in treasure hunt
5.- On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh 'suicide gun' on display in Amsterdam
6.- Getty Museum opens exhibition of illuminated manuscripts
7.- Two rolls of early Kodak film acquired by the George Eastman Museum
8.- Dark secrets of the man who opened architecture to the light
9.- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's refugee life jackets in Vienna palace pond
10.- Gallery 19C brings together two views of Venice by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.