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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NEW YORK | Artist Breakfast Series with Julia Wachtel in conversation Florence Lynch

Date(s): November 15, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM  EST - 10:00 AM  EST

Artnet, Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway Fl. 26, New York, NY 10279


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Join ArtTable for our artist breakfast—intimate monthly breakfasts featuring leading artists in discussion with curators, academics, or critics. This month features artist Julia Wachtel in conversation Florence Lynch

Julia Wachtel’s latest work, Displacement, at Elizabeth Dee, is the largest exhibition in New York to date by the artist. Wachtel is known for her impactful paintings that address the power and social politic of the American landscape. Displacement introduces ten epic paintings that address the implication of urgent, radical viewpoints from digital and print sources that reflect the nation’s current political and larger global psyche. Opening precisely one year after the election of Donald Trump, this is the first complete body of work by the artist to address the significant shifts of our time.

This fully conceived monographic exhibition takes a sweeping, wide angle view of the posttruth, zero sum ideology so profoundly impacting our society. The “post-truth” American landscape can be applied to all of the ten works in the exhibition and continues as a central theme for the artist. A spectrum of topics as diverse as: the marketability of “fake news” by the altright, the question of the citizen in relation to the dispossessed, tech’s monopoly in global business and social media, financial hacking, political interference, the Republican conservative agenda, the Second Amendment, global warming, entertainment and television, racism and the sexist backlash are all topics or related departure points presented in these paintings. In confronting this, the paintings in this exhibition meditate on the collective trauma in many forms, and engage in a call to action.

Julia Wachtel (American b. 1956) recently had a solo survey at the Cleveland Museum of Art, with an accompanying publication by Yale University Press. This year, she participated in Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Upcoming exhibitions in 2018 include Brand New: Art and Commodity 1979-1989 at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C.

Florence Lynch is director at Elizabeth Dee in New York City. She co-owed LYNCH THAM and is formerly of Florence Lynch Gallery, contemporary art galleries of international standing previously located in New York’s Lower East Side and Chelsea gallery districts. Lynch has over 15 years of art world experience, and has worked as an independent curator, lecturer and critic. Lynch is a frequently visiting critic, panelist, and lecturer at universities in the US and abroad.  She is Adjunct Professor, The Art Market: Principles and Practices in the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She has interviewed and written on the works of Quinton Tarantino, David Lynch, Jenny Holzer, Louise Bourgeois, David Hammons, Nan Goldin, and Robert Longo, among others. 
Lynch has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master of Arts degree in Art Administration and Art History from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Sophia University.  She is fluent in five languages.
Thank you to Julia Wachtel and Florence Lynch for participating in this program.

Image: Julia Wachtel, The disappearance of the sign, 2017, Oil and acrylic ink on canvas, 60 x 96 inches,  courtesy of Elizabeth Dee New York. Photo: Etienne Frossard
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