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New. New York - Art from Brooklyn at the Essl Museum


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Art from Brooklyn at the Essl Museum

The Essl Museum has become one of the most important Austrian forums for contemporary art. The Deutsche Bank Foundation is a partner of the institution and supports the "emerging artists" series that presents the work of promising young artists every two years. This is also the case with the show „New. New York“.

Asked how she would explain her work to a stranger, Letha Wilson responded: “Sometimes I describe it as taking a beautiful landscape photograph and then punching it in the face.” Indeed, her photo installation Rock Face (2011) in the exhibition New. New York looks as though a comet has fallen from the sky. A huge rock presses heavily into a photograph of a landscape panorama in the American West. The photo is bent inward, lending it three-dimensionality and almost palpable depth. In the work, Wilson paradoxically demonstrates both the limitations and unlimited possibilities of photography. Her installation, which can be seen immediately on entering New. New York, questions the borders between photography and sculpture. The show at the Essl Museum , supported by the Deutsche Bank Foundation, surveys current art making in Brooklyn. But it is not merely about new trends or New York’s importance as a global art metropolis. The exhibition primarily shows how these artists experiment with media, materials, and genres to develop novel forms and formats. The spectrum of New. New York extends from painting and object-based art to conceptual installation and documentary film.

The Essl Museum, founded in 1999, set itself the goal of promoting young artists with new perspectives. The museum, which is situated in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, offers them a high-publicity platform for their work, particularly with the “emerging artists” exhibition series. The series presents artists and regions that have not been discovered by the art market yet. Many of these artists have found access to the international art scene. For this reason, the Deutsche Bank Foundation committed itself to “emerging artists” and within this framework supported the exhibitions Austria Contemporary and India Awakens, a show featuring Indian artists that received international acclaim.

Artist-curator John Silvis visited a number of studios and art spaces, particularly in the Bushwick neighborhood, and chose 19 artists from various generations. One feature that stands out is how often the artists work with handicraft and design. For the past 12 years, the brothers Steven and William Ladd have been creating their hyperaesthetic objects. The two collect items and pack them into artfully made boxes, which they then stack on top of one another to create towerlike sculptures. Along with conducting such formal experiments as these, many of the artists in the exhition address the social realities of New York: in A Way In (2012), video artist Shelly Silver accompanies an aging gay Chinese man on his return to Chinatown, sketching a topography of the area and its inhabitants. New. New York gives us not only a deliberately fresh look, but an alternative, empathic view of the city and its artists.

11/23/12 - 04/01/13
Essl Museum

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