Greenwich May 14th to September 15th, 2017
Curated by Sadie Laska
The Brant Foundation Art Study Center is pleased to present Animal Farm, on view from May 14, 2017 through September 2017. Animal Farm is group exhibition curated by artist and musician Sadie Laska, including works from The Brant Collection and loans from museums, galleries, and other private collections. Artists in the exhibition will include pop icons Jean Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf alongside younger contemporary artists whose work speaks to the state of current politics. Artists will include Joe Bradley, Sarah Braman, Katherine Bernhardt, Keith Haring, Chris Martin, Tyson Reeder, and Kenny Scharf, among others. A full list of artists will be announced this spring.
You feel a swamp. The world flattened, spun faster, capsized, and now a frog king. It’s ok to laugh. We’ve been here before.
Animal Farm is a show of works revolving around this sense of spiritual dislocation and eternal return. Since the advent of print displaced it’s representational function, fine art has existed as a history of perverted exchanges between subcultures and mass media. Mickey becomes Andy; Andy becomes a bright t-shirt. A selection of works by Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Jean Michel Basquiat, Katherine Bernhardt, Tyson Reeder, Joe Bradley, Chris Martin, Sarah Braman and many others, sketch a story that slides from figurative iconography to totemic abstraction, charting a world in churn; in print, in space, and on canvas. Animal Farm reminds us that color is as material as culture, and that fantasy has long been a way to resist: identity, oppression, boredom. Freak out, or don’t. – Sadie Laska, 2017
Sadie Laska is a visual artist and musician living in Queens, NY. She received her MFA from Milton Avery School of the Arts in 2014. Laska’s work has been shown internationally, with solo shows at CANADA, New York, Office Baroque, Brussels, KS Art, New York and Galerie Bernard Ceysson in Paris, Luxembourg and Geneva. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at Gavin Brown Enterprise, White Columns, Marlborough Gallery, Harper’s Books, Zurcher Gallery and Harper’s Books. Laska’s band, I.U.D has performed at international venues including, The Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, The Brant Foundation, The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, Astrup Fearnley and the Kunsthalle Zurich.