O pening on February 16th, Sotheby’s Aspen is excited to present American Mosaic, an exploration of America’s uniquely diverse landscape and distinct artistic ethos. Beginning with Abstract Expressionism, through to the Washington Color School, Pop Art and the Pictures Generation, these featured artworks together capture the seismic shifts that have come to define artmaking in America. From Georgia O’Keeffe to Roy Lichtenstein to Jennifer Packer, this exhibition highlights the dialogue of American artists across generations. A thoughtful curation of artistic voices from the evolution of America’s artistic canon, American Mosaic calls into focus the trajectory of art history as we know it today. Evidenced in shared principles of color, form, image appropriation and the subversion of language, this selection of American artists continue to shape the narrative of contemporary art as influenced by those that preceded them.
As evidenced in Richard Prince’s oeuvre-defining Untitled (Cowboy) and Richard Pettibone's confidently appropriated Stella, the most celebrated artists of our time are directly influenced by both the outpouring of mass media and their very own contemporaries. Moreover, Ed Ruscha’s Wen Out for Cigrets from 1993 investigates the palpable materiality of language, an idea similarly embraced by Prince in his typed-out and silkscreened joke paintings. This notable selection of works presents a distinctly American Mosaic, emphasizing the connectivity between American artists of yesterday and today.
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