Long-Sharp Gallery is pleased to present the first in a series of thematic exhibitions designed to bring the work of notable international artists in provocative dialogue to Indianapolis. Rethinking the American Dream, opening on May 15, 2013 and continuing through June 30, features work by Robert Indiana, Whitfield Lovell and Russell Young, each with a different take on the modern meaning of the American Dream.
The exhibition looks at three approaches to that dream, three very different artists whose disparate points of view have one thing in common: a critical look at what that phrase means, at the reality that all is not equal. After all, who determines the validity or failure of the Dream?
“… It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."
J. T Adams "Epic of America", 1931
Rethinking the American Dream begins with a historically important body of work by Indiana’s native son, the iconic Pop artist Robert Indiana. His lifelong interest in Americana and the American work ethic, along with his fascination with the use of words and symbols in simple signs, also prompted his American Dream series (1964-66), which visualizes the superficial and illusory American Dream in paintings characterized by flat bright colors and clearly defined contours. Indiana’s upcoming retrospective at the Whitney Museum is his first major NYC museum show, finally awarding this “most famous unknown artist” his due, according to Whitney curator Barbara Haskell.
Whitfield Lovell, born in NYC in 1960, creates work inspired by history and memory. Working with both family photos and an extensive archive of anonymous African–American portraits dating back to the early 20th century, he often juxtaposes them with symbols and found objects. Each image is drawn freehand in charcoal on old pieces of wood or paper, integrating the grain and character of the surface through an intuitive process, creating powerful tableaux that are as personal and distinct as fingerprints. Represented by DC Moore in NYC, Lovell has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including a major exhibition at the Chattanooga Museum of Art concurrent with his show here. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant.”
British–born Russell Young was fascinated from an early age by American culture, which to him represented freedom and possibility. He first studied painting, and later photography, in the UK, eventually moving to the US where he splits his time between California and NY. Emerging from strong roots in Pop Art, Young first gained attention for his portraits of celebrities from the worlds of rock, fashion and politics, often displaying his signature technique using diamond dust. He also turns his eye to the flip side of American culture, here with a series of larger-than-life portraits of American Tribal Chiefs, particularly poignant as many of them were nearing the end of their lives, their faces full of sadness at the suffering of their people, and at their inability to protect them. His work has been exhibited widely in London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Singapore, New York, Detroit, Miami and Los Angeles, and he is well-represented in important private collections internationally.
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Long-Sharp Gallery, an extension of ModernMasters Fine Art, is located in the Conrad Indianapolis luxury hotel. The gallery features works from “Picasso to Pop,” with a primary focus on works by some of the best known names in modern and contemporary art, including: Picasso, Warhol, Basquiat, Haring, Frankenthaler, Indiana, Lichtenstein, Miro, Motherwell, Russell Young, and William John Kennedy.
Long-Sharp Gallery is located on the physical grounds of this prestigious boutique hotel. ModernMasters Fine Art, parent of Long-Sharp Gallery, partners with Conrad Indianapolis to create “A Fine Art Experience at The Conrad,” an innovative and award-winning program featuring rotating curated exhibits, an interactive art program, tours and information provided by twenty Conrad “Art Ambassadors” (the group, trained by Long-Sharp, was recently dubbed one of the “best kept secrets” in Indianapolis by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine), and an art channel on Conrad TV which focuses on exhibits and arts featured throughout the hotel’s public’s spaces.