Archive for September 29th, 2014

Now showing at the Fort Worth Modern “Urban Theater: Contemporary Art in New York in the 1980’s”


Keith Haring

Keith Haring

URBAN THEATER: NEW YORK ART IN THE 1980s is on display at the Fort Worth Modern from Sep 21, 2014 – Jan 04, 2015.  It is recommended all art and digital media majors see this show, as it represents one of the most fruitful eras and locales of contemporary art.  I say that because many of the artists in this show were my primary imprint as to what was contemporary art while growing up in the 80’s and 90’s.  Keith Haring supplied the cover art of the first christmas album owned by my mother that had a Run-DMC track on it.  Laurie Anderson was on MTV.  I wrote a paper about Robert Maplethorpe and censorship in the arts in high school. In college I was into Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer, and Allan McCollum.

Chief Curator Michael Auping says, “I’ve experienced over four decades in the art world, and the ’80s in New York was the wildest. Of course, what happened in the ’80s happened everywhere—Cologne/Düsseldorf, London, Paris, LA—but I think most people who were around thought New York was the loudest and the most intense. There were so many strong, competing agendas: the Pictures Generation and appropriation, the “Bad Boys” of expressionist painting, graffiti, a new generation of feminists. And, of course, there was a very robust art market fueling the galleries. If you wonder why the art world is like it is today, refer to the ’80s. That’s where it began.”

Check out the show and check out the free Tuesday lecture series this semester.  Allan Mccollum is this Tuesday 9/29 at 7pm.  (Chris Ireland)