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"New American Talent: The Eighteenth Annual Exhibition"
2004-06-27 until 2004-08-21
Arlington Museum of Art
Arlington, TX, USA United States of America

An exciting annual survey of emerging contemporary talent from across the United States, New American Talent: The Eighteenth Annual Exhibition returns this summer to the Arlington Museum of Art (AMA). New American Talent exhibitions showcase works from artists across the U.S. working in a wide variety of media and styles and with a wide range of issues. Part of the successful Art on Tour Program produced by Arthouse in Austin, this year's New American Talent reflects the curatorial focus of Dominic Molon, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, who selected this year's exhibition from hundreds of submitting artists.

Molon has curated numerous exhibitions including major presentations of Sharon Lockhard (2001), Gillian Wearing (2002) and Paul Pfeiffer (2003); solo projects with Tobias Rehberger (2000), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (1999), Steve McQueen (1996), Pipilotti Rist (1996), and Jack Pierson (1995); and a group exhibition, Out of Place: Contemporary Art and the Architectural Uncanny (2002). He has contributed writing to numerous publications including Trans, Flash Art Italia, Tate: the Art Magazine and New Art Examiner.

Molon chose works in various media, with a large number of the works being photographs and paintings that have a distinct digital influence. Several currents run through the exhibition, notably that of nature versus technology. Many works have a strong sense of humor and others delve into the allure of suburbia and of popular culture.

Again this year Texas artists are well represented in the exhibition, with six of the thirty-two artists in the show hailing from Texas. AMA Director Anne Allen adds "we like the New American Talent exhibition because it provides the museum with a chance to look at emerging Texas artists in the context of innovative artists from across the country. You can't begin to guess whether an artist is from Texas, or Illinois, or California." "When we took NAT 16 two years ago, we also discovered Texas artists we are now going on to show in greater depth, which has been an added bonus."

The Art on Tour Program, conceived and organized by Arthouse in Austin, (formerly the Texas Fine Arts Association), produces exhibitions designed to travel the state, that showcase artists and artistic trends from across the state and around the country. Arthouse offers New American Talent: The Eighteenth Exhibition as an exhibit that "serves as an aesthetic barometer of the practices, interests and topics that form and inform the current visual, social and psychological climate".

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