MoMa is currently hosting a collection of works by 17 artists who refuse to have their work serve as a representation of our era. Call them the new classics. The phrase “Everything comes around” is a state our society is currently experiencing, not only within fashion with the revival of the 60s, 70s and 90s era but in Art as well.Science fiction writer William Gibson coined the term “a-temporality” as a way to interpret a product from our time that doesn’t constitute the era it belongs to. Contemporary artists from our time are looking back to the art vault, borrowing and revamping classical techniques and styles.The exhibition includes works by Richard Aldrich, Joe Bradley, Kerstin Brätsch, Matt Connors, Michaela Eichwald, Nicole Eisenman, Mark Grotjahn, Charline von Heyl, Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu, Dianna Molzan, Oscar Murillo, Laura Owens, Amy Sillman, Josh Smith, Mary Weatherford, and Michael Williams.The artists whose works are represented throughout the exhibition created pieces that grasp the viewers in their own ways with the use of a range of styles and medium.Interactive is one of them, provided by Colombian artist Oscar Murillo. Visitors are free to touch, unfold or as I chose to wear one of the 8 painted canvases laid down on the floor.Minimalist over sized three panel work in red, yellow and blue by Matt Connors demand attention positioned in one of the center walls of the exhibition.Last night I attended a preview of The Heidi Chronicles, a coming of age story surrounding art historian Heidi Holland and the evolving role of women during the 1960s through the late 90s. It’s safe to assume that Heidi would have been appreciative to find out that 9 out of the 17 artists in The Forever Now show are women.
The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World will be on display through April 5th at the Museum of Modern Art.
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