What is on the horizon for art in 2009, a potentially portentous year that will be coda to a decade of art market frenzy which screeched to a halt by the sub-prime crisis and subsequent global repercussions? Trends and hype have given way to discourse, and as was cogently phrased in the Art Newspaper: "What is the silver lining in all this cloudiness? Perhaps a return to the importance of museums, critics and alternative spaces for validation and the introduction of new art."
The introduction of new art is intrinsic to WHITE BOX'S mission statement and visionary program which did not need kick-starting by economic crisis, and most recently embodied in its closing year exhibition titled TALENT PReVIEW '09. The exhibition is oriented around the discerning eye of the curator and the acumen of the young dealer, which will purview what lies ahead in the year to come. 5 curators and 5 galleries will each select 5 artists constituting an exhibition of 50 artists that work in myriad media including painting, photography, works-on-paper, video, sculpture, and installation. The curators and the galleries are as diverse in their approach as the artists selected, and TALENT PReVIEW '09 will prove to be full of surprises in an altogether different art world in which ideas and integrity trump market-driven machinations despoiling artwork as commodity object.
Mayor Bloomberg is encouraging the public to support artists and art organizations in the wake of the current global financial crisis. This exhibition, in lieu of WHITE BOX's annual fund raising auction, will fulfill a fund raising premise by the works which are bought by the public in the end providing a generous gift to the artists and WHITE BOX.
Galleries: Kumu Kumu (L.E.S.), LUXE Gallery (L.E.S.), Appetite (Bushwick/Buenos Aires), Magnan Projects (Chelsea), Y Gallery (Jackson Heights, Queens)
Guest Curators: Asher Remy Toledo, Juan Puntes, Björn Ressle
Guest Gallery: Witzenhausen Gallery (Chelsea/Amsterdam)