Prompted by a Jerry Saltz facebook thread a while back, this week at The L Magazine I name 10 artists who I think deserve shows at The New Museum. Some notes on my criteria:
I omitted all artists under the age of 35. Younger artists typically don’t have enough work to produce the varied shows I’d like to see, and with the pervasive hype of youth culture these days, it’s mid-career artists who need the support. I also excluded artists who I assume will receive a solo museum show within the next five years with or without my mention; Dana Schutz and R.H. Quaytman fit this bill. For the rest, I looked for good work that I’d like to see receive more attention.
Who’s on the list? A few artists you know, a few you don’t. A teaser:
1. Laura Parnes
I’ve been saying this for two years now, but video artist Laura Parnes deserves more attention. Born in 1968, Parnes creates nuanced narrative videos, often with a hint of macabre humor. The New Museum would easily hit the ball out of the park if they launched an exhibition of her work.
2. Julie Voyce
Known in the Toronto art community as one of the great underrated artists in the city, this 53-year-old abstract printmaker is still un-represented. Voyce has 35 years worth of work ready for curation. I’m ready to be overwhelmed.
3. Julieta Aranda
Julieta Aranda’s efforts to re-map economic relationships within the art world merit recognition. HerPawnshop, a small space on the Lower East Side where artists could trade their work, effectively eliminated cash as currency, as did e-flux video rental, which offered free rentals and screenings. It’s hard to imagine what Aranda would do to fill the New Museum given her practice, but that’s part of her appeal. That Bowery real estate is worth a lot and I’m sure she’d create art intended to subvert that value.
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