March 20, 2023
Meet the 7 Artists of MTV’s New Actuality Competitors “The Exhibit”


Ayanna Dozier

Nonetheless from The Exhibit: Discovering the Subsequent Nice Artist, 2023. Courtesy of Paramount.

One defining format of Twenty first-century tradition has been aggressive actuality tv. From RuPaul’s Drag Race to Challenge Runway, these reveals have a well-known rhythm, asking opponents to use their expertise to an enormous vary of artistic challenges to find out a weekly winner. Regardless of its pure compatibility with actuality TV (each have excessive stakes, large concepts, and even larger personalities), the artwork world has barely crossed paths with the format. Except the short-lived present Work of Artwork: the Subsequent Nice Artist (2010–11) on Bravo and a pandemic-era sequence for London artists known as Subsequent Massive Factor, no actuality competitors present has delved into the high-stakes rigidity of manufacturing work for an institutional exhibition—till now.

On March third, MTV will debut The Exhibit: Discovering the Subsequent Nice Artist, a brand new actuality competitors present that brings collectively seven American artists to compete for a presentation on the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Backyard and a money prize of $100,000. This partnership with the Hirshhorn signifies that weekly challenges will probably be impressed by the museum’s assortment. Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu will even co-host the present alongside Dometi Pongo of MTV Information.

Portrait of Melissa Chiu, 2023. Courtesy of Paramount.

Portrait of Dometi Pongo, 2023. Courtesy of Paramount.

“Our partnership with MTV and Smithsonian Channel connects the Hirshhorn’s assortment and art-for-everyone ethos with a nationwide viewers wherever they’re, at house or on screens,” mentioned Chiu. “The docuseries invitations viewers to witness how artists rework concepts into concrete and unique responses.” Chiu additionally hopes that the present will spotlight the significance of artmaking to a wider viewers: “Over six episodes, this sequence presents seven rising artists from all around the nation, documenting their artistic course of in actual time. It emphasizes the importance of an artist’s function inside society.”

Simply earlier than The Exhibit premieres this Friday, Artsy requested the artists to share what they’re excited for viewers to study their observe over the following six weeks.

B. 1980, Richmond, Virginia. Lives and works in Atlanta.

Portrait of Jamaal Barber, 2023. Courtesy of Paramount.

Jamaal Barber’s vibrant prints of Black folks convey the multitude of expressions of Black tradition. For Barber, these motifs, akin to textile patterns and hair texture, are cultural marks that inform public perceptions of Blackness. “I’m excited to be part of this present with a terrific group of wonderful artists,” he mentioned. “To have the opportunity of being related to an establishment just like the Hirshhorn is value it alone. I’m all the time seeking to push myself to the following stage and that is positively about shifting to the following stage.” The artist acquired his MFA in printmaking from Georgia State College.

Jennifer Warren

B. 1988, Cleveland, Ohio. Lives and works in Chicago.

Portrait of Jennifer Warren, 2023. Courtesy of Paramount.

Although she works in lots of genres of portray, Jennifer Warren’s most up-to-date oil works vividly seize the quotidian experiences of girls of shade in home settings. “A whole lot of work went into producing The Exhibit and I’m past excited for the primary episode to premiere,” she mentioned. “After I was forged on the present, at first I assumed it was too good to be true, however I made a decision to associate with it anyway. As soon as actuality sunk in, I noticed this as a giant alternative for illustration as a Black girl, rising artist, and oil painter,” she advised Artsy. The present, for Warren, who’s primarily self-taught, is about far more than the competitors—fairly, it’s an opportunity for her work to characterize Black femmes throughout the nation.

“I knew I might should be weak to the method and launch any fears and doubts I had concerning the competitors facet. I felt a very powerful factor was for others who appear to be me and have an analogous life story to mine to see me present on this area. That turned the aim that fueled my eagerness to take part within the present and provides 100% of myself your entire time,” Warren added.

B. 1974, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lives and works in Northfield, Minnesota.

Portrait of Frank Buffalo Hyde, 2023. Courtesy of Paramount.

Frank Buffalo Hyde’s work replicate up to date Indigenous life rendered by satirical and Pop sensibilities. The artist, who’s of Onondaga/Niimíipuu (Nez Perce) heritage, has work within the public collections of the Smithsonian Nationwide Museum of the American Indian, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Everson Museum of Artwork.

Hyde advised Artsy that he “was honored to be chosen to take part within the present for the straightforward indisputable fact that this group of artists is curated…that’s to say we have been chosen on the power of our work.” For him, too, illustration was an essential motive to take part within the sequence: “I noticed it as a possibility to extend the visibility of up to date Indigenous artists.”

B. 1988, New York. Lives and works in New York.

Portrait of Clare Kambhu, 2023. Courtesy of Paramount.

Artist and humanities educator Clare Kambhu is a painter whose works spotlight experiences of her on a regular basis life as a trainer, both abstracting or magnifying easy objects: a seat chair, or the within of a forgotten drawer, for instance. “My work facilities on schooling and its inherent evaluative monitoring mechanisms,” mentioned Kambhu, who was considering how the context of the present would influence her work.“I used to be curious to see how my work would shift in response to the format of actuality TV—one which locations competitors and its constraints entrance and middle.”

Kambhu’s work has been exhibited at establishments such because the Bronx Museum of Arts and ArtSpace. She acquired a BFA in studio artwork and MA in artwork schooling from New York College. Kambhu moreover has an MFA from the Yale Faculty of Artwork.

B. 1989, Duluth, Minnesota. Lives and works in New York.

Portrait of Misha Kahn, 2023. Courtesy of Paramount.

“I did the present as a wild, barely deranged, up to date model of an artist residency,” Misha Kahn advised Artsy. The New York–primarily based artist’s kaleidoscopic, furniture-like sculptures ship the viewer on a psychedelic odyssey drawing on the language of design as a lot as artwork. With its whimsical shade palette and off-kilter shapes, his work wouldn’t look misplaced within the cinematic panorama of Tim Burton. Kahn has exhibited on the Whitney Museum of American Artwork, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Dallas Museum of Artwork, and lots of others.

B. 1984, Miami. Lives and works in Miami.

Portrait of Jillian Mayer, 2023. Courtesy of Paramount.

The themes of multimedia artist Jillian Mayer’s observe are significantly well-suited to The Exhibit. In any case, the artist, who works throughout video, sculpture, images, efficiency, web-based experiences, and set up, examines how bodily realities are mediated by digital and mass-media applied sciences. Quoting Nietzsche, Mayer mentioned, “‘While you gaze into the abyss, the abyss additionally gazes into you’…I select to enter it.” For Mayer, her expertise on the present holds an extra worth: “I’m excited to mine this content material for future media tasks sooner or later,” she mentioned.

Mayer’s work has been screened within the Sundance Movie Competition, Rotterdam Movie Competition, NY Movie Competition, and South by Southwest Movie Competition. She has a BFA from Florida Worldwide College, and her work has been featured in exhibitions internationally at establishments together with Bemis Middle for Up to date Arts, Pérez Artwork Museum Miami, and MoMA PS1, amongst others.

B. 1980, Denton, Texas. Lives and works in New York.

Portrait of Baseera Khan, 2023. Courtesy of Paramount.

For Baseera Khan, The Exhibit is the fruits of a long-standing curiosity in tv. “Since 2020 I’ve been engaged on a six-part sequence known as By Religion that I name an ‘experimental TV present,’” they mentioned. “There was a second in 2021 after I hit a wall with the method and wished upon a star to discover a method to meet producers and folks in TV. My want got here true, in an odd approach,” they advised Artsy.

Khan’s multidisciplinary observe contains efficiency, video, textiles, collage, and images and seeks to unpack the connection between labor and spirituality on the physique. Their work has been exhibited on the Brooklyn Museum, SculptureCenter, and the Aspen Artwork Museum, amongst different establishments. For Khan, that is an thrilling alternative to share their work with their social circle and past. “Regardless of my excessive stage of tension across the present, I’m feeling good vibes, and might’t wait to share this tough work with my household, associates, and followers.”

Ayanna Dozier

Ayanna Dozier is Artsy’s Employees Author.

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