Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present American Landscape, a group exhibition featuring work by Teresita Fernández, Catherine Opie, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., and Nari Ward. Using sculpture, photography, painting, and installation, the artists in this exhibition each uniquely engage the genre by expanding our perception of what a landscape is, and how the story of the United States is told through this representation. Nari Ward sources found material from Harlem, including shoes and a neon liquor store sign, to create a representation of urban American life through its physical ephemera, while Catherine Opie captures suburban America through her photographs of Los Angeles mini-malls, as well as stretches of landscape unchanged by time in her end-of-the-century photographs of rural America. Teresita Fernández responds to the fraught history of America by using charcoal to create a massive, charred map installation suggesting an American history left untold. Tim Rollins & K.O.S. further illustrate the origins of the American narrative through literature that recounts a complicated past. Together, these artists visualize the complex political and social reality of the American landscape that is marked by a long history of violence, discrimination, and urbanization. American Landscape offers an alternative perspective on the genre of landscape through examination of the histories and realities that often receive only peripheral glimpses.
Press release courtesy Lehmann Maupin.
A nation is a strange, abstracted construction: an aggregate of people, most of whom will never meet each other, who are nevertheless understood to be fellow citizens — that is, collaborators in some