Exhibition Preview: Art From The New World – A Big Brash Exhibition of the New American Art Scene
Presented by Corey Helford Gallery in collaboration with Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 15th May – Sunday 22 August 2010
By Guy Sangster Adams
The new American art scene covers a range of genres from lowbrow and pop surrealism, to neo-figurative, street art, and on through terms such as pervasive art, which Gary Baseman coined to describe his work which blurs the line between toy culture and fine art. Baseman is one of the 49 emerging and noted, living American urban and contemporary artists which Art From the New World brings together for the first time in an international exhibition, to provide an exciting, striking, and diverse survey of the scene.
The curator of the exhibition is Jan Corey Helford, who founded Los Angeles’ Corey Helford gallery in 2006 with her husband the television writer and producer, Bruce Helford (Roseanne, The Drew Carey Show, The Oblongs). Many of the artists included in Art From the New World have had solo, or featured in group exhibitions at the Corey Helford Gallery, including Gary Baseman, Ron English, Josh Agle (SHAG), Buff Monster, COOP, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner and Chris Anthony.
In describing the significance of Art From the New World, Jan Corey Helford says: “America is gushing forth a new wave of taste and style born of Pop Iconic culture, expanding American diversity, resistance to the mainstream art world and a need to communicate to an art audience looking for relevance in America’s Age of Uncertainty. The selected artists are part of an exciting new art movement that encompasses all forms of media and art – painting, sculpture, printing, stencil, photography, digital art. Their work defies traditional paths and has been embraced by a new generation of collectors and enthusiasts who crowd the exhibitions of a growing circuit of alternative galleries spreading throughout the United States. This is an exciting opportunity to raise the profile of this movement to new audiences.”
The majority of the work included in Art From the New World has been created specifically for the exhibition and includes Mike Stilkey’s sculptural installation created on a ‘canvas’ formed from a ten foot wall of around 2000 books. Plus Buff Monster’s fifteen-foot tall “ice cream cone” balloon sculpture, topped with his characters. Whilst work that has been previously exhibited includes, in the main rotunda, Todd Schorr’s painting, An Ape Allegory, which featured in San Jose Museum’s Todd Schorr retrospective and is on loan from the Corey Helford private collection.
Buff Monster also features in Banksy’s new film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and with Art From the New World, Bristol City Art Gallery and Museum will be looking to build on the runaway success of last summer’s Bansky vs. Bristol Museum, which attracted an average of 4,000 visitors a day, helping to earn it the top spot in the Art Newspaper’s annual worldwide survey of museum attendance for 2008/9.