Exhibition

Young Artists: One

7 Jul 2020 – 9 Sep 2020

Regular hours

Monday
10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00
Friday
10:00 – 18:00
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Fridman Gallery

New York
New York, United States

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Young Artists: One highlights the voices of a diverse group of modern and contemporary artists with a focus on the practices, aesthetics, and conceptual questions of each artist.

About

Despite the commonly held myth of meritocracy in art, a deeply entrenched system of power and privilege exists, which values the creativity of some, while minimizing that of others.  Young Artists: One, is the first of a series of exhibitions organized by OpenArt, in partnership with Fridman Gallery, that explore power and voice within the art world.  This power is largely determined through systems of access and privilege that determine which artistic voices are heard and which are dismissed.  Historically, at every level of the art ecosystem, from museums, to art galleries, to fairs and auctions, the voices of White males have been disproportionately valued, while the voices of people of color and women have been largely marginalized.  

Young Artists: One, attempts to reframe and re-contextualize art, by highlighting the voices of a diverse group of modern and contemporary artists.  In the context of this series, the word ‘young’ does not refer to an artist’s age, but rather to the new ways in which artists are claiming their voice and proclaiming their existence in the art world. Young Artists: One, highlights these global voices, with a focus on the practices, aesthetics, and conceptual questions of each individual artist. The exhibition places these works in conversation with one another, disregarding traditional curatorial delineators such as career demarcations (emerging vs established), aesthetics similarities (abstract vs figurative), or cultural origin.  Instead, the show aims to let the artworks, and thus the artists, each speak for themselves.

While this exhibition was conceived before the global mass protests for racial justice for Black people, the themes explored here are more poignant and important than ever.  We hope to use this exhibition, and the accompanying programming, not only to create space for the voices of these artists to be heard, but also to directly address the issues of systemic racism, which have been deeply embedded at every level of the art world.

​Exhibited Artists

Alteronce Gumby

Al Loving

Amani Lewis

Ambrose Murray

Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski

Amy Bravo

Ana Benaroya

Blitz Bazawule

Debra Cartwright

Francks Deceus

Gustavo Montoya

Hana Yilma Godine

Jacob Lawrence

Jamea Richmond Edwards

Jerome Lagarrigue

Jonathan Podwil

Kelly Sinnapah Mary

Kerry James Marshall

Lorna Simpson

Lucia Hierro

Nanette Carter

Nate Lewis

Nyugen Smith

Owusu Ankomah

Oswaldo Vigas

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

Paul Gardère

Purvis Young

Remy Jungerman

Sahana Ramakrishnan

Sanié Bokhari

Stan Squirewell

Suzanne Jackson

Tessa Mars

Exhibiting artists

Kelly Sinnapah Mary

Nyugen Smith

Ana Benaroya

Remy Jungerman

Jamea Richmond-Edwards

Suzanne Jackson

Purvis Young

Amy Bravo

Al Loving

Ambrose Murray

Lorna Simpson

Tessa Mars

Hana Yilma Godine

Kerry James Marshall

Alteronce Gumby

Jonathan Podwil

Francks Deceus

Oswaldo Vigas

Sanié Bokhari

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

Jacob Lawrence

Lucia Hierro

Amaryllis Dejesus Moleski

Nanette Carter

Paul Gardère

Amani Lewis

Gustavo Montoya

Blitz Bazawule

Stan Squirewell

Nate Lewis

Owusu Ankomah

Debra Cartwright

Sahana Ramakrishnan

Jérôme Lagarrigue

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