Exhibition of works by forty American artists bring the United States to the Netherlands

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Sunday, May 19, 2024

Exhibition of works by forty American artists bring the United States to the Netherlands
Andres Serrano, The Game: All Things Trump, 2019. Images courtesy of a/political and ArtX. Photo by John Mireles.

AMERSFOORT.- On 3 November, Americans go to the polls to elect their new president: either Donald Trump or Joe Biden. A pivotal moment in a politically and socially divided country. Kunsthal KAdE has set out to discover what position artists are adopting in these charged times. In the exhibition, This Is America | Art USA Today, almost forty American artists bring the United States to the Netherlands in the form of paintings, photographs, murals, documentation and installations. Their work addresses current issues like identity, city culture, climate change, and ‘Trump’. The exhibition takes place from September 26, 2020 until January 3, 2021.

Road trip USA
What is it like to be an artist in the US in these troubled times?  In summer 2019, exhibition curator Robbert Roos set off on an American road trip. Driving coast to coast and back again, he talked to artists, curators, and gallery owners. He concludes that ‘Politically and socially, it’s a nation torn apart, with not only fierce opposition between Republicans and Democrats, but city and country seemingly occupying different worlds, racial tensions still undiminished, a Christian right that is actively seeking to reverse progressive legislation, and an apparently ever sharper divide between rich and poor. Artists have always taken up positions in this public discourse.’

For Freedoms
A separate section of the exhibition is devoted to the For Freedoms project. Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms organizes gatherings and collaborations aimed at propagating four principal freedoms – freedom of speech, of worship, from want, and from fear – and stimulating civic participation. During the mid-term election season of 2018, the platform launched the 50 State Initiative, in which around 200 artist-designed billboards were erected in the 50 states of the Union. This exhibition features several of the full-size billboards plus a wider selection of designs displayed in a more modest format on the wall of the main gallery.

The exhibition includes a broad swathe of artworks that speak to current issues in the United States. Hank Willis Thomas presents a crashed version of the ‘General Lee’ (the orange Dodge Charger from 1970s TV series The Dukes of Hazard) with the Confederate flag prominently displayed on its roof. Dread Scott has created a ‘re-enactment’ of an 1811 slave rebellion, when a group of enslaved people left plantations south-west of New Orleans and set out to found an independent state of their own. And Catherine Opie has produced a series of political collage-animations addressing current issues surrounding nationality, democracy, and identity.

Paintings by artists like Celeste Dupuy-Spencer and Travis  Somerville focus on religious fanaticism, Trump, and the racist culture of the southern states. Jeffrey Gibson, Edgar Heap of Birds and Julie Buffalohead address the position of Native Americans. Kota Ezawa has created an animation concerning the decision of black American Football players to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. A group of artists from El Paso in Texas and its sister city of Juarez in Mexico show what life is like in their border region, including the impact of the steel wall that slices right through the traditionally close communities. The Guerrilla Girls and Avram Finkelstein (Gran Fury) maintain the campaigns they launched in the 1980s to improve the position of women and the LGBTQ community. Justin Brice Guariglia uses illuminated messages on highway signs to warn about the consequences of climate change.

All Things Trump
In summer 2019, American photographer Andres Serrano used Trump memorabilia to construct a portrait of the president for an exhibition in New York. He had haunted eBay for a whole year, buying up all sorts of collectibles bearing Trump’s name, face, or signature. Serrano sees them as the essence of the deliberately created Trump ‘brand’. As well as hundreds of photos, caps, mugs, and signed magazine covers, he collected objects connected with Trump’s casinos, university, and a Trump Burger. A selection of these is on display at Kunsthal KAdE. Central to the installation is a revolving sculpture spelling out the word ‘Ego’.

The United States is a faraway country, but developments there can directly affect what happens in the Netherlands. So, KAdEStudio is giving visitors their chance to vote. The exhibition is accompanied by a book containing Robbert Roos’s account of his road trip, extracts of his interviews with artists, curators and gallerists, and a host of visuals. The publication is on sale in the KAdEShop.

Participating artists:
Haydee Alonso, Amplifier, Alejandra Aragón, Sheila Pree Bright, Julie Buffalohead, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Sam Durant, Kota Ezawa, Avram Finkelstein, Alixa Garcia, Jeffrey Gibson, Justin Brice Guariglia, Guerrilla Girls, Chase Hall, Edgar Heap of Birds, Robert Hodge, Indecline, Alfredo Jaar, LxsDos, Robert Longo, Monica Lozano, Catherine Opie, Colectiva Rezista, Gina Phillips, Edgar Picazo, Alexis Pye, Luis Roacho, Elliott Jamal Robbins, Gregory Sale, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, Travis Somerville, Mark Strandquist, Jacqueline Surdell, Hank Willis Thomas, Cosmo Whyte en Derrick Woods-Morrow.

Billboards For Freedoms by:
Derrick Adams, Sadie Barnette, Zoë Buckman, Paula Crown, Jeremy Dean, Jamila El Sahili, Awol Erizku, Theaster Gates, Jeffrey Gibson, Ken Gonzalez Day, Eric Gottesman, Gran Fury, Guerrilla Girls, Emily Hanako Momohara, JR, Deborah Kass, Imaikalini Kalahele & Cory Taum, Titus Kaphar, Christine Sun Kim, Suzanne Lacy, Shaun Leonardo, Michelangelo Lovelace, Muna Malik, Susan Meiselas, Marilyn Minter, Aïda Muluneh, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Kambui Olujimi, Trevor Paglen, Gordon Parks, Ronald Real & Virginia San Fratello, Jim Ricks, Jon Rubin, William Scott & David Byrne, Xaviera Simmons, Bayeté Ross Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Natalie White, Deborah Willis, Wyatt Gallery.

Today's News

September 30, 2020

Giambologna and the Fountain of Morgan Le Fay - A new restoration initiative supported by Trinity Fine Art

Academy Museum And Margaret Herrick Library receive the world's most comprehensive pre-cinema collection

Sotheby's to offer rare Rembrandt biblical scene, starring alongside Botticelli in January Masters Week Auctions

Heavy rains trigger collapse at Yemen's newly restored museum

Phillips 24/7 Online Sale to include works by Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, MR., Banksy, KAWS and Daniel Arsham

Xavier Hufkens announces the representation of Sayre Gomez

20 etchings and engravings by Rembrandt on view at the San Diego Museum of Art

Exhibition of works by forty American artists bring the United States to the Netherlands

Gagosian opens an exhibition of paintings by Mary Weatherford

Ketterer Kunst announces highlights included in the Autumn Auctions

Madeline Hollander selected for 2020 BMW Open Work Commission by Frieze

Astronomicum Caesareum - one of the most stunning, significant, scarcest books of the 1500s - heads to auction

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art opens "Italian Threads: MITA Textile Design 1926-1976"

Emily Wardill debuts her most recent film project at the Secession

Works by eleven artists from the Middle East featured in new exhibition at Eye Filmmuseum

Anke Eilergerhard's solo exhibition "Resilience" is now open at Anna Laudel

New Contemporaries launches a specially created digital platform for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020

Everard's auction features wild 1960s concept cars + sculptural art

Tony Tanner, who brought 'Joseph' to Broadway, dies at 88

Vielmetter Los Angeles opens Rodney McMillian's sixth solo exhibition Body Politic

Artists join #ScarfUp project to design scarves for patients with respiratory illnesses

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers to offer vintage comic books, Pokémon collectibles, toys and dolls

Heritage Auctions to offer first edition of Dune

America the Beautiful takes the spotlight in Travel Posters sale at Swann

The perfect guide for a beginner Bitcoin trader

Why are labels important for startups and small companies

2020: How to Make Money as an Artist on Instagram

Tips on Buying Custom Embroidered Apparel

Why Would I Buy a Hooded Sweatshirt?

What makes a good personal injury lawyer?

Tips On Taking Care Of Your Oily Skin

5 Ways For A Healthy Breakfast

How to Make your Photos into Paintings

Regular exercise as a weapon against aging

5 Intriguing SEO Facts

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful