How Soon Now
How Soon Now will feature over thirty of the world's most compelling contemporary artists including Cecily Brown, Thea Djordjadze, Huan Yong Ping, Matthew Day Jackson, Analia Saban, Ryan Trecartin, Kaari Upson and David Wojnarowicz. This exhibition, occupying 27 galleries, will be comprised of paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos never before exhibited in the Foundation. The artworks in this show, all of which are owned by the Collection and most of which are recent acquisitions, form disparate bodies of work from a range of generations and include established and emerging artists.
Our Process: How Soon Now
How Soon Now began as an exhibition of works not previously exhibited at the Foundation. We were determined not to have a strict thematic framework to allow the works to guide us. As we formulated the list of artists to be included, we noticed that our most recent acquisitions 'those over the last three years' dominated the conversation. Deeper discussion of the newer works influenced our selection of older works and made a dialogue between generations all the more consequent and necessary.
A set of similar themes emerged: the handmade object; craft; studio practice; traditional artmaking techniques; materiality; engagement with modernism; personal subject matter. At the heart of our process was the feeling that many of these artists focused on identity in an age when identity can be constructed or manipulated. They grapple with the idea of real personal history in the context of fabricated or virtual versions of it and explore the consciousness that evolves from these histories.
These themes were front and center in our conversations with each other and gave shape to the exhibition. In choosing the words How Soon Now, we emphasize the urgency and relevance of these works, even though they do not necessarily have a context within the time that they were produced. Eventually, a generation emerges that creates a 'now' for itself, that exists alongside the 'now' of previous generations.
A catalog will accompany the exhibition.