‘What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present’ opens at the RISD Museum

Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present

 ‘What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present’ opens at the RISD Museum.

Art Green, Advanced Dichotomy, 1968.

Art Green, Advanced Dichotomy, 1968.

“PROVIDENCE, RI.- The RISD Museum explores an alternate history of contemporary American art this fall in What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present. What Nerve! is on view from mid-September through January 4, 2015. “The RISD Museum is excited to present this ambitious exhibition,” says John W. Smith, Museum Director. “Both individually and collectively, the artists represented in What Nerve! have had a profound impact on contemporary art—yet, with few exceptions, they remain under-examined. I’m confident that this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue will open up dynamic new conversations within our community and beyond, and bring these artists much deserved attention, scholarly and otherwise.” What Nerve! traces a history of figurative painting, sculpture, and vernacular imagery that has been largely overlooked and undervalued relative to modernist abstraction and conceptual art. Since the 1960s, many artists working outside New York developed idiosyncratic forms of figuration, unsettling the strict rationales of dominant visual and theoretical trends. When confronted with a system that might seem impenetrable, outsiders often band together, and four important regional gatherings of artists across the nation generated powerful ripples in the art world and beyond.”

 

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