Seen and Seen Again: Sotheby’s Exhibition Explores Artistic Mimicry
Something special’s bound to happen when industry-leading arts organizations combine resources. Take an international leader in art auctions, Sotheby’s, and the genre-stretching galleries, LAXART and KCM. Together, they’ve organized The Boundaries of Seeing, an exhibition that focuses on some new contributors to 20th century art that, nonetheless, might seem strangely familiar.
The show pays (a kind of) homage to 20th century art luminaries from the perspective of artists like Lisa Williamson, Dashiell Manley, Hugh Scott Douglas, Oscar Tuazon, Ryan Sullivan and Carol Bove among others. They are all working artists in their own right, but their work is unequivocally influenced by renowned artists and past movements including Minimalism, Modernism, and and Abstract Expressionism. The show questions the meaning of “original art,” offering us a roster of artists whose fascinations with history and previous generations often define their projects.
All told, you’ve got a room full of intelligent new work, the occasional déjà vu moment, and a cause célèbre. Specifically, The Boundaries of Seeing is a charitable “selling exhibition.” A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition go to support LAXART, a private gallery to be sure, but one that pursues the goals of spurring conversation and pushing artistic boundaries.