Description - Moderns by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
This exhibition catalogue explores the ways in which a number of artists are engaging with modernism and modernity around the world today. Edited by chief curator at the Castello di Rivoli, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the volume includes sculpture, installations, projections, painting, and drawing. It presents new and existing works by over 20 artists, including Haluk Akakce, Ricci Albenda, Massimo Bartolini, Elisabetta Benassi, Tacita Dean, Tom Friedman, Liam Gillick, Arturo Herrera, Evan Holloway, Brian Jungen, Jim Lambie, Daria Martin, Julie Mehretu, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Jorge Pardo, Paul Pfeiffer, Susan Philipsz, John Pilson, Simon Starling, Sarah Sze, Piotr Uklanski and Gary Webb. "Today, a growing number of artists around the world are referring to modernism or using icons of modernity as narratives and fictions in their artworks. The digital world is internationalist, as were the modernists; it aims to go beyond the local/global dichotomy, while at the same time achieving a reach broader than anything the modernists achieved.
The digital mind is a project-based mind, encouraging a sense of 'agency', an ability to make choices and act, to have a point of view and a perspectival gaze, even within contemporary notions of multiplicity. Memory and Modernity are intertwined (the 'future' is a notion belonging to the past), and in some instances this idea takes form in the use of the history of film as a medium and subject -- for cinema, after photography, has been the most outstanding innovative cultural practice in the Modern Age. In other instances, it is to the formalism of 'high modernist' art in painting and sculpture that artists are looking. For such artists, issues of form, color, composition and linguistic experimentation are topical. Science, absurd or useless science, as well as its fantastic variant science fiction, are also sources for many artists today, and are primary metaphors being used." (Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev) This project is both classical and experimental, static and process-oriented. An aesthetic experience for the reader that will be sensorial and pleasure-oriented, as well as disconcerting and problematic.
This well-documented and illustrated catalogue includes a new essay by the editor, texts by renowned international art critics and an anthology of early modernist texts chosen by the artists. Significant writings by Kandinsky, Marinetti and Poe are also included in this unique book.
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