Oslo

“Uncertain States of America”

Astrup Fearnley Museet

The aim of this exceedingly ambitious exhibition is to furnish some sense of what is the best American art currently produced by its youngest emerging artists. The director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Gunnar B. Kvaran, in collaboration with two widely esteemed European curators (and Artforum contributing editors)—Daniel Birnbaum and Hans-Ulrich Obrist—made several trips to visit studios in the United States, choosing pieces by artists who are little known abroad, though many are represented by enterprising galleries in New York and elsewhere. It would reveal, I imagine, more about the curators’ taste than about the overall profile of the art of America’s uncertain states to learn what was rejected according to the show’s ostensible criteria, if I am right in believing that what might be called Early Third Millennial Art [ETMA] is infused with much the same spirit wherever and

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