Press release from 22 London:
High Anxiety is the fourth exhibition at 22 London from The Collection of Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull. Examining our unstable times through a multiplicity of artistic positions and voices High Anxiety brings new perspectives to bear on themes such as identity, forced migration, politics, technology, corporate culture and a worldwide pandemic.
The exhibition presents a number of international, national and regional artists, whose work speaks to our conflict-ridden times. High Anxiety includes work from South African artist, Zanele Muholi, who was included in the 2019 Venice Biennale; Rashid Johnson, whose Anxious Men paintings first came about from a desire to transmit his personal experience of anxiety, heightened by a racial and political climate of increasing division in the United States; Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most critically acclaimed and controversial American artists of the late twentieth century, who was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; Trenton Doyle Hancock who recently staged a solo exhibition at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; and Bob Trotman, who lives and works in North Carolina , explores the tension within corporate culture with his Business As Usual exhibitions and was in the inaugural State of The Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR.
The twenty-one artists in High Anxiety have responded to this angst and channeled it into the sculptures, paintings, photographs, and videos that reflect the tension humming in the background in our lives. Heightened by our accelerated digital existence, the scope and detail of our anxiety has reached new proportions.
High Anxiety follows the successful Say It Loud, an exhibition of contemporary art that explored the difficult and complex cultural and political issues facing America today through the art of African Americans including work by Kehinde Wiley, chosen for the official portrait of President Barak Obama and ninety-three year-old Betye Saar, a founding member of the Black Arts Movement of the 1970’s. The exhibition traveled to Denison University Museum in Columbus, OH. A full-color catalog was produced of the exhibition.
The opening receptions for High Anxiety will be October 29, 30, & 31 2020 from 6-10 p.m. and November 1 from 2-5 pm and will be open to the public by appointment through November 22, 2020. Though admission is free, timed reservations are required to limit capacity. Sign up at 22London.org
Exhibition dates: October 29-November 22, 2020
Opening receptions, October 29, 30, & 31, 2020, 6-10 pm and Nov. 1, 2-5 pm
Sign-up appointments and masks are required. To attend, sign up at 22London.org
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