Paint The Town: Generation Next

by Editorial

Top American Artists select their favorite up-and-comers for Contemporary Wing’s latest exhibit.
By Anna Storm

Wyatt Gallery. Sisters in their Tent, Bobby Duval's Soccer Field. (Photo courtesy Contemporary Wing and Wyatt Gallery)

Looks like what’s “now” is looking ahead to what’s next. The work of current, established American artists may be on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, but elsewhere in the District, newcomers are getting their due. Contemporary Wing recently asked those featured in the Corcoran’s 30 Americans exhibit (including Nina Chanel Abney, Nick Cave and Rashid Johnson, among others), to recommend an “emerging” artist currently on their radar.  Twelve up-and-comers were then culled from their picks, to be the focus of Contemporary Wing’s latest debut: NEXT GENERATION: Selections of Artists from the 30 Americans Collection. Otherwise known as: The Next Big Things.

This new guard of artists will showcase a body of work traversing a wide range of subjects, media, and ideologies beginning in February. A preview will be held Friday, February 3rd, from 6-9pm, while the public opening is scheduled for Saturday, February 4th, also from 6-9.  The artists themselves, as well as Kalia Brooks, the woman responsible for critiquing the pieces for the exhibition catalog, will  be in attendance at both openings. NEXT GENERATION will run Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6pm, through March 10th. Be sure to head to the correct location: due to the scale of the works, the show will not be held at Contemporary Wing.  The alternate site is located at 1250 9th Street, NW.

For more information on Contemporary Wing, and for the full list of NEXT GENERATION artists, click here.

Caitlin Cherry. The Fate of the Rebel Flag (America Provides). (Photo courtesy Contemporary Wing and Caitlin Cherry)

David Huffman. Collard Green. (Photo courtesy Contemporary Wing and David Huffman)

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