Chairs (Eames LCW for Hermann Miller, reproduction), steel cables
24 x 58 x 20 inches
© Edgar Orlaineta
In the fresh and provocative work presented in MetaModern, leading and emerging artists refer literally and conceptually to design objects of the mid-twentieth century. These now historical objects have gained the status of icon, emblem, and cultural signifier. It is a testament to their enduring power that mid-century modernist designs now catalyze a generation of artists too young to have experienced modernism firsthand. These artists return to them in a spirit of critique and homage.
The MetaModern exhibition brings together works in a wide range of media by 19 international artists to explore the concept of modernism as a style. Removed from its pristine original context, the modernist aesthetic is examined through the lens of present-day cultural assumptions.
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