Pablo Picasso is often credited with saying that “good artists borrow, great artists steal.” The Boundaries of Seeing is an exhibition focused on the work of a select few contemporary artists who have been influenced by the luminaries of Modernism, Formalism, Abstract Expressionism, Arte Povera and Minimalism among other influential movements. The show emphasizes that limiting one’s gaze to the masters of Contemporary Art does not allow the mind to acknowledge the innovative practice of artists such as Lisa Williamson, Dashiell Manley, Hugh Scott Douglas, Oscar Tuazon, Ryan Sullivan and Carol Bove, to name a few. What makes this group of young, contemporary artists stand out among their generation is their ability to pilfer from the past and make it their own.
The exhibition sheds light on the more intricate and complex thought process behind the objects they are making and demonstrates how they are deserving of more than a footnote in a rich history of abstraction or a nomenclature preceded by “Neo” or “Post”. The dialogue each of these artists is having with history builds upon that of previous generations, but it is important to recognize that each has something novel to say, providing us with a different way of seeing art while forcing us to acquiesce not only what it is, but what it can and will be.
A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition will go to support LAXART, an independent contemporary art space supporting artistic and curatorial freedom. For more information about the organization visit laxart.org.
Exhibition in Los Angeles:
9200 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tel: +1 310 274 0340