PS: Parsing Spirituality
Curated by Micaela Giovannotti
January 10, 2009 6-9pm
January 10 - February 17, 2009
Affirmation Arts is pleased to present the most recent exhibition
from international curator Micaela Giovannotti opening January
10th 2009. PS: Parsing Spirituality examines the recent resurgence
of spirituality in contemporary art. Featuring artists: Janine
Antoni, Sebastiaan Bremer, Melissa A. Calderon, Gordon Cheung,
Graham Caldwell, Andrea Galvani, Dan Kopp, Ivan Navarro, Lisa
Ross, Courtney Smith, Xaviera Simmons, and J. G. Zimmerman.
"Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many
cases, the mother of our emotions"
(Concerning the Spiritual in Art, W. Kandinsky.)
After being neglected for quite some time, spirituality has
risen to the surface in contemporary art. Spirituality based
on religious belief has been part of art history since the
dawn of time. Art has both advertised and glorified religions,
but contemporary art has generally distanced itself from the
spiritual realm, focusing its lens on formal and conceptual
tenets. Not surprisingly, as often happens in times of secular
uncertainties and political and economic turmoil, there is
currently a resurgence of interest in spirituality, wherein
artists are exploring and re-defining themselves in their
work with very introspective and personal means and approaches.
However, from a different perspective, these new spiritual
elements can be interpreted in part as a contemplative reaction.
Layered with complexity, these explorations include universal
issues that, while external, are nonetheless of primal importance
to the self.
Affirmation Arts is a newly renovated arts space located in
the Hudson Yards district of New York City. Gallery hours:
Monday- Friday 10am-6pm
For more information, please contact
Marla Goldwasser at 212-925-0092 or firstname.lastname@example.org
523 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018