30 Nov 2011 - 27 Jul 2012
30 November, 2011 — 27 July, 2012
American Exuberance at the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation will include 64 artists and 190 artworks, 40 of which were made in 2011, many specifically for this exhibition.
American Exuberance will occupy all 28 galleries in the 45,000 sq. ft. museum, and all works in the exhibition are drawn from the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation. A 244-page catalog will be available, with writings by 13 artists in the exhibition including Kathryn Andrews, Frank Benson, Hannah Greely, Thomas Houseago, Richard Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Nate Lowman, John Miller, Richard Prince, Sterling Ruby, Haim Steinbach, Ryan Trecartin, and Kaari Upson.
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In our efforts to understand the America we live in today, we turn toward contemporary art and artists. The 64 artists in American Exuberance, all citizens or residents of this country, are keen observers of American culture, economy and politics – whatever their country of origin.
In its totality, the exhibition creates a portrait of the American condition. The artworks span the last few decades for context, with a focus on works made in today’s America.
We asked a number of participating artists to comment on American Exuberance for the catalog. Many of them conceived original texts. The following is an excerpt from John Miller’s essay that has deeply informed our understanding of the subject:
“American exuberance is part myth and part reality... Paradoxically, exuberance is linked to stagnation, entropy and ruin. Its efflorescence becomes mirage-like. For the artists, these conditions are materials.”
Kathryn andrews, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Frank Benson, Maurizio Cattelan, Matthew Chambers, George Condo, Aaron Curry, Brendan Fowler, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Hannah Greely, Wade Guyton, Karl Haendel, Mark Handforth, Keith Haring, Richard Hawkins, Julian Hoeber, Evan Holloway, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Day Jackson, Richard Jackson, Rashid Johnson, William E. Jones , Jacob Kassay, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Joel Kyack, Elad Lassry, Glenn Ligon, Charles Long, Nate Lowman, Nathan Mabry, John Mcallister, Paul Mccarthy, Jason Meadows, John Miller, Ruby Neri, Cady Noland, Kaz Oshiro, Robert Overby, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Charles Ray, Jason Rhoades, Bert Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Analia Saban, Dana Schutz, Cindy Sherman, Michael St. John, Haim Steinbach, Henry Taylor, Blair Thurman, Ryan Trecartin, Kaari Upson, Phil Wagner, Kelley Walker, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool, Lisa Yuskavage