Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show
At the 1913 Armory Show, the Association of American Painters and Sculptors showcased the "New Spirit" of modern art. A backlash of scathing criticism showed how baffled the general American public was by the seeds of abstraction in the Cubist artworks, which quickly became a shorthand expression for the structural changes brought about by modernity. They not only redefined artistic practice, but also altered our understanding of the process through which we perceive the world. Curated by Andrianna Campbell andDaniel S. Palmer, DECENTER: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Showcelebrates the legacy of the Cubist paintings and sculptures in that historic exhibition by featuring a group of 27 emerging and internationally recognized contemporary artists who explore the changes in perception precipitated by our digital age and who closely parallel the Cubist vernacular of fragmentation, nonlinearity, simultaneity, and decenteredness.
Artists as varied as Sara VanDerBeek, Gabriel Orozco, Liz Magic Laser, and Abrons AIRspace residency program alumna Amy Feldman evoke the formal innovations of the historic avant-garde but differ through an embrace or flirtation with digital mediation. Artists today like Andrew Kuo, Tony Cokes, and Cory Arcangel are inspired by the inter-cultural circulation of images, ideas, and data in a worldwide network. While Pablo Picasso and fellow Cubists combined archaic Western forms and appropriated exotica to shatter inherited modes of representation, today ubiquitous computing and the digital image explosion create an intersection of the physical and the virtual, and in doing so, have decentered the locus of artistic praxis. Digital works will be displayed atwww.decenterarmory.com beginning February 17.
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