>NEW. NEW YORK< from the series >emerging artists<
November 23, 2012 – April 14, 2013, Exhibition Hall
Curator: John Silvis
Exhibition Organisation: Andreas Hoffer and Eva Köhler
New York, often described as the world capital of contemporary art, is the focus of exhibition activity in the Essl Museum this autumn. >NEW. NEW YORK< offers an insight into the work of 19 young artists from New York. A vibrant young art scene has developed in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in recent years, with numerous ateliers, culture initiatives and alternative art spaces. It is here that the American artist and curator John Silvis made his selection of artists for the coming exhibition in the Essl Museum.
All 19 artists are at different stages of their careers; what they share is that they use familiar materials and media in their work in an often surprising form, and in doing so produce “something new” in order to distinguish themselves from the traditional art canon and to develop their own forms of artistic expression. They all work with familiar media such as painting, photography, sculpture etc., but they change the formal parameters, combining, for example, materials such as concrete and photography in a refreshing way. Through this their works deconstruct existing art genres, take material to an unaccustomed purpose and revive old technologies without turning this into a programme.
In the second half of the 20th century in particular, the New York art world set the shape of art internationally, starting with abstract expressionism, through minimalism, concept art, pop art, video and performance art. There is still a greater cultural and intellectual diversity in New York than in any other city.
New York is also the city where Agnes and Karlheinz Essl got to know each other in 1959 and where they discovered their undiminished passion for contemporary art. In the Essl Collection there are therefore numerous New York references, for example in works by Alex Katz, to whom an exhibition is dedicated in the Essl Museum from 15 September.
With >NEW. NEW YORK<, the collectors would like to focus on young art creation and present the current developments in the fruitful 21st century New York art scene. The exhibition takes place as part of the “Emerging Artists” series, in which the Essl Museum presents young art works from the most varied areas of the world in a two-year cycle.
The curator John Silvis is himself represented in the Essl Collection with his own works. He studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna under Arnulf Rainer and today lives and works in New York. He manages the NYCAMS there, an academy for scholarship holders from US art academies, and is very well integrated in the scene.
19 participating artists:
Jude Broughan, Vince Contarino, Brent Everett Dickinson, Rob Fischer, Ryan Ford, Egan Frantz, Rico Gatson, Robin Kang, Steven and William Ladd, Sarah Lee, Christopher McDonald, Ann Pibal, Lisa Sigal, Shelly Silver, Reid Strelow, Siebren Versteeg, Letha Wilson, Tamara Zahaykevich PORTRAIT-VIDEOS OF THE ARTISTS >>
>NEW. NEW YORK< will be opened as part of the VIENNA ART WEEK 2012* and is accompanied by a varied framework programme:
>NEW. NEW YORK< – PANEL DISCUSSION
New York – Capital of Art? Art production between the market and discourse
Thursday, 22 November 2012, 5 p.m.–7.30 p.m.
In the Dorotheum Wien auction rooms, Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Vienna
For decades New York has been considered the world capital of fine art. The discussion with artists will explore the extent to which art in New York is still setting international standards and how the production conditions for young artists have changed: is New York still the city that leads the international discourse in contemporary art? Or have things shifted in the global space? Is the market stronger than the discourse? Are there location-specific features of an art scene that are directly adopted by other scenes? How does a local scene assert itself in global space? Against this background, what is the importance of the art scene in Brooklyn?
Taking part in the discussion: John Silvis, curator and artist, New York; Judith Eisler, artist, Vienna and New York; Shelly Silver, artist, New York; Ryan Ford, artist, New York. Chair: Robert Punkenhofer
>NEW. NEW YORK< – FILM NIGHT
New. New York – Long Night of the Young American Art Film
Friday, 23 November 2012
Gartenbaukino, Parkring 12, 1010 Vienna
A cooperation between the Gartenbaukino and the Essl Museum in the context of the exhibition >NEW. NEW YORK< curated by Norman Shetler, Gartenbaukino, and John Silvis, artist and curator, New York.
A catalogue will be published for the exhibition with an interview with Prof. Agnes Essl and texts by John Silvis, Donald Johnson-Montenegro, Max Krafft, Michael Wilson, Andrea Codrington Lippke, Debora Kuan, Elisabeth Kley, Stephanie Cristello, Gabriel Bennett, Christopher Norton, Frances Richard, Steven Stewart, Geoffrey Young, Christopher Stockhouse, Zachary Hole, Dan Herschlein and Max Warsh.
Tumblr exhibition blog
In the >NEW. NEW YORK< Tumblr, curator John Silvis documents his preparation for the exhibition and the cooperation with the emerging artists: http://newnyc.tumblr.com/ >>
The art education team offers guided tours and workshops on the exhibition. There is a special >NEW. NEW YORK< guided tour every Sunday at 11 a.m. Further offers on the exhibition can be found at ART EDUCATION >>
Free shuttle bus
Visitors can use the free shuttle-bus service from the centre of Vienna, Albertinaplatz 1. Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m., 12 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; return from the Essl Museum at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
From 19 to 25 November 2012, international museum directors, curators, collectors, critics and artists are meeting personalities from the Vienna art scene for the eighth time to discuss current tendencies in art and in the art discourse. Vienna art institutions, museums and galleries as well as numerous programme partners of the Art Cluster Vienna from the off-space scene offer an exciting programme. The spectrum ranges from special guided tours to special exhibitions, to the Gallery Weekend, panel discussions, lectures, extended artists’ discussions, exhibition openings, installations, interventions and performances to selected events in private companies that promote contemporary art. www.viennaartweek.com
Press photos are available upon request at the Press Office or via download from PRESS >>