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America Now

by Art21

December 5, 2018

1:54:49 total runtime

Art is inherently contradictory; “it’s nature is to ask questions,” says Edgar Arceneaux. Given that, how are artists answering the question: What is America today? Recent years in the United States have proven to be tumultuous, and yet as these historical markers continue to shape the discourse of the new-normal, artists are responding with powerful works that are representative of the times. “The discomfort of being a person living and working in the United States is a place where these paintings were being made from,” explains Julie Mehretu.

This playlist showcases how artists are responding to the dynamic nature of the United States and its parallels. Unpacking colonial histories, reinterpreting news pundits, and celebrating cultural diversity, their work helps paint a picture of a shared American experience, as told from a variety of perspectives. As Raúl de Nieves states, “we don’t want to go back in time, we want to move forward.”

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