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EXHIBITION OPENING │ ARTIST TALK
CONSTRUCTING PARADISE: TALK
TUESDAY, JAN 31 2017, 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
FEBRUARY 1 - APRIL 24, 2017
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd Street, New York
Artists on view:
Paul GAUGUIN, Oskar KOKOSCHKA, Jean-Michel BASQUIAT, Mark DION, Nives WIDAUER, Kara WALKER, Mathias KESSLER, Mickalene THOMAS , Marissa LÔBO, Christian Kosmas MAYER, Hugo CANOILAS, Moussa KONE
Curated by Dieter BUCHHART │ Curatorial Advisor: Mathias KESSLER
JANUARY 31│EXHIBITION OPENING
6 PM -- 7 PM: Artist talk with Mathias Kessler, Marissa Lôbo, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Nives Widauer and curator Dieter Buchhart.
7 PM – 9 PM: Reception featuring a performance by Marissa Lôbo (no RSVP necessary)
Join us for the opening of Constructing Paradise, a group exhibition curated by Dieter Buchhart and Mathias Kessler exploring the themes and history of the "exotic" and its interpretation in contemporary art.
Constructing Paradise exhibits contemporary reinterpretations of notions of the "exotic" by artists based in Austria or the United States. Taking iconic artworks such as Paul Gauguin's Noa Noa and Oskar Kokoschka's Tiger Cat as starting points, the show assembles a diverse range of work from early contemporary to more recent artistic responses to the modernist imprint of desire and fantasy on contemporary culture. Particularly when juxtaposed with hyperbolized images of modern-day advertising, the exhibition explores the psychological impacts of the modernist image on image culture and the Western psyche.
In the framework of the opening, curators Dieter Buchhart and Mathias Kessler will talk with artists in our new show about the themes and history of the "exotic" and its interpretation in contemporary art. The talk in the ACFNY auditorium is followed by the Opening Reception which features a performance by Vienna-based artist Marissa Lôbo.
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