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Love Those Burbs

Magazine article Art Business News

Love Those Burbs

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For the first time in history, the majority of American citizens live in the suburbs" writes curator Ellen Keiter in her catalogue essay for the exhibition, "I [heart] the Burbs," which opens at the Katonah Museum of Art on Jan. 15, 2006. A multimedia exhibition, "I [heart] the Burbs" explores how this major demographic shift has influenced American culture, economics, lifestyle and politics and is expressed in works by contemporary artists. Paintings, photographs, sculpture and video presentations created by Mark Bennett, Jason Falchook, Todd Hido, David Hockney, Bill Owens, Joel Sternfeld, Larry Sultan, and Lane Twitchell, among others, delve into the myths and realities of modern day suburban life.

"Vistors to 'I [heart] the Burbs' will have an opportunity to view exciting contemporary art about the suburbs in a frankly suburban setting" says executive director Neil Watson. "The works in this exhibition have been created by artists who are grappling with issues and conditions that can be encountered in suburbs across the country."

The exhibition is divided into two sections: "Private Realms" presents works that examine the icons of suburban life--the home, the lawn, and the family; Public Reality addresses the communal character of suburbia: the automobile, the neighborhood and unbridled sprawl. "Popular media and the arts have traditionally portrayed the suburbs as a two-dimensional reality: either as the utopian land of fulfilled American dreams or as an alienating black hole of materialism, monotony, and perversity," notes Keiter. …

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