Preview: Art from the New World at Bristol City Museum

Juxtapoz // Thursday, 08 Apr 2010
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Everyone’s talking about Art from the New World. For the first time, a world-class collection of works from some of the finest emerging and noted living U.S. Urban and Contemporary artists from the new American art scene is being unveiled internationally in a museum exhibition for British and European audiences.

 

Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery is collaborating with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery – the home of last summer’s Banksy vs Bristol Museum, Banksy’s most-talked about world exhibition to date – to present a diverse range of 45 artists, spanning the spectrum from pop surreal and neo-figurative to street art in the exhibition, Art from the New World.

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Virtually all of the works have been specifically created for the show and will infiltrate not only the exhibition gallery, but most of the ground floor of the museum. Highlights include:

 

• A fifteen-foot tall “ice cream cone” balloon sculpture created by, and topped with the characters of well-known street artist Buff Monster (who is featured in Banksy’s new film, Exit Through the Gift Shop). The artist will also be on-site creating a “live painting” of murals on select museum walls during the days immediately leading up to the exhibition.

 

• On opening day, paintings by world-renowned artist Gary Baseman will come to life as a special collection of his costumed characters makes a rare appearance to interact with museum guests.

 

• The Todd Schorr painting “An Ape Allegory”, featured in San Jose Museum’s Todd Schorr retrospective and on loan from the Corey Helford private collection will be on display in the main

rotunda.

 

• Artist Mike Stilkey will transform a wall of 2,000 books into a ten-foot “canvas” for his work. The unique sculptural installation will greet visitors as they enter the museum.

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Presenting and curating the exhibition in collaboration with Bristol’s City Museum and Art Gallery is Jan Corey Helford, owner and curator of the noted Corey Helford Gallery, located in Los Angeles, California. Corey Helford has presented a wide range of artists from the new fine art movement, such as Gary Baseman, Ron English, Josh Agle (SHAG), Buff Monster, COOP, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner and Lucie-award winning photographer Chris Anthony (My Chemical Romance’s “Black Parade”). Helford’s husband, and partner in the gallery, is American television writer and producer, Bruce Helford (Roseanne, The Drew Carey Show, The Oblongs).

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In a statement released by the gallery, Jan Corey Helford explains the significance of the exhibit, Art from the New World:

“Like the Arts Decoratif of Paris in 1925, or the bright, poppy England of the 1960s, America is gushing forth a new wave of taste and style born of Pop Iconic culture, expanding American diversity, resistance to the mainstream art world and a need to communicate to an art audience looking for relevance in America’s Age of Uncertainty. The selected artists are part of an exciting new art movement that encompasses all forms of media and art – painting, sculpture, printing, stencil, photography, digital art. Their work defies traditional paths and has been embraced by a new generation of collectors and enthusiasts who crowd the exhibitions of a growing circuit of alternative galleries spreading throughout the United States. This is an exciting opportunity to raise the profile of this movement to new audiences.”

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Participating artists include:

 

JOSH AGLE (SHAG)

JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER

CHRIS ANTHONY

VAN ARNO

GARY BASEMAN

RAY CAESAR

COLIN CHRISTIAN

SAS CHRISTIAN

LUKE CHUEH

COOP

DAVE COOPER

RON ENGLISH

NATALIA FABIA

KORIN FAUGHT

SARAH FOLKMAN

MELISSA FORMAN

AJ FOSIK

CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA

MERCEDES HELNWEIN

DAVID HOCHBAUM

SYLVIA JI

ERIC JOYNER

DAVE KINSEY

KUKULA

JOE LEDBETTER

HENRY LEWIS

LOLA

TRAVIS LOUIE

MICHAEL MARARIAN

ELIZABETH MCGRATH

MIA

BRANDI MILNE

BUFF MONSTER

MICHAEL PAGE

MARION PECK

JOSHUA PETKER

CARLOS RAMOS

JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ (KMNDZ)

GRETCHEN RYAN

MARK RYDEN

TODD SCHORR

KATHY STAICO SCHORR

MIKE STILKEY

GREG SIMKINS (CRAOLA)

JOE SORREN

DAVID STOUPAKIS

ADAM WALLACAVAGE

MARTIN WITTFOOTH

KENT WILLIAMS

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Art from the New World will open to the public in Bristol, England on Saturday, May 1, 2010 and will be on view through August 22nd.

 

About Corey Helford Gallery

Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery was established in April 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford. Passionate art collectors, the Helfords are producers on the art documentary The Treasures of Long Gone John and have partnered to open their first gallery. Corey Helford Gallery presents a wide range of artists from the new fine art movement, and the gallery is renowned for its notable exhibitions. In 2007, the gallery presented “Charity By Numbers”, which was co-curated by Gary Baseman and featured an unprecedented lineup of artists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Shepard Fairey, Todd and Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, and Michael Hussar. In 2009, the gallery once again collaborated with Pervasive artist Gary Baseman to present “La Noche de la Fusion”, one of Los Angeles’ most-talked about art exhibitions. An epic Carnivalesque festival and solo exhibition, “La Noche de la Fusion” featured Baseman’s characters in a celebration about the beauty of the bitter-sweetness of life. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more information and an upcoming exhibition schedule, please visit coreyhelfordgallery.com.

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About Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol’s major museum and art gallery houses an outstanding and diverse range of objects, from sea dinosaurs to magnificent art. The City Museum & Art Gallery is situated in an Edwardian Baroque building in Queen’s Road, next to the Wills University building. Inside features collections of regional, national and international importance. It is one of the few museums to have been awarded designated status by the Government - the mark of an outstanding museum. With a changing and dynamic temporary exhibition programme, this complements the museum’s vast and assorted permanent collections.

 

 

Art from the New World will open to the public in Bristol, England on Saturday, May 1, 2010 and will be on view through August 22nd.

 

Saturday, May 1 – Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery

Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1RL

Free entry. Open daily 10am-5pm

coreyhelfordgallery.com
visitbristol.co.uk

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