The Open, an exhibition of works by thirty-one emerging artists in the New York Community, will debut at Deitch Studios on the East River in Long Island City on Thursday evening, September 10th.
The artists in The Open represent several directions being explored by young artists in New York. One trend is a reinvigorated investigation of abstraction in painting and sculpture. Another is a conceptual approach to figuration, both in painting and sculpture. There is also a new twist on the exuberant fusion of fine art and popular culture.
The Open has been organized by Dodie Kazanjian, who covers the art world for Vogue, and the directors of Deitch Projects. Artists in the initial selection were asked to recommend other artists for the project. The selection process mirrored the organic way that information circulates in the New York art community.
On the tradition of Deitch Studios, the exhibition program will include a Sunday School, with talks and workshops on topics suggested by the artists in the show. The Sunday School programs will take place every Sunday evening during the run of the exhibition, from 6 - 8 PM.