Luís Barba's work examines masterpieces from the past. His exercises in reinterpretation, materialized in a body of work reminiscent of collage, blur historical boundaries to interrogate the insubstantiality of our memory. Barba’s seminal work —a reimagining of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’— stands as the centerpiece of the show, marking the first time the work will be shown in New York, following the artist’s solo museum show ‘Travels in Time’ at the Fundacio Vila Casas, Barcelona. A contemporary master of inventive storytelling, Barba successfully weaves art historical references and old master paintings seamlessly amongst art-world luminaries, celebrities, ordinary people, his friends, his collectors and, of course, iconic art works that we today value and readily recognize.
Young Masters: Focus on New Work features work in a range of media from painting and photographer to mixed media, textiles, ceramics and video. Each artist takes an aspect of art history, such as genre, technique, and subject matter and, by reinventing elements for today’s world, makes the work of the past contemporary.
Exhibiting artists include: Annie Kevans, Adam Mysock, Bartholomew Beal, Chris Antemann, Derrick Santini, Eleanor Watson, Elisabeth Caren, Elise Ansel, Fabiano Parisi, Isabelle van Zeijl, Jam Sutton, Juergen Wolf, Lottie Davies, Oliver Jones, Richard Saja, Tom Leighton, Yigal Ozeri and Zemer Peled. Also video works by Max Ernst Greis and Steven Rockefeller, Jr.