Canvas and paint, a video camera, scissors and schisel: pass them to an artist base in the U.S or an artist based in Europe. Will the result, the artwork reveal the origin of this artist? Only some decades ago, contemoray art in the U.S. could clearly be defined. Abstract Expressionism for example was a genuine American movement with strong impact on Europe. On the other hand, the European roots of art history are still a major part of American contemporay art. Are there still typical differences between American and European young contemporary art? Do artworks show geographic or historical adherence or has contemporay art become a global issue, dealing with comparable problems, working with similar standards?
It is a fascinating field of Barbara Goebels-Cattaneo , director and curator of Artexhibitonlink's galleries. The aim of her initiative is to put contemporary art into the widest possible context. With her keen sense of qualified young contemporary art, her deep insight into both American and European cultural traditions, art history and anthropology of art she is putting together several amazing exhibitions annually. Many of the works of the young artists selected have been shown for the first time. Many of these artists could benefit from this unique commitment for intercontinental art for their further careers. Painting, drawing, collage, calligraphy, installation, art performance, photography and video works: their subjects are as diverse as the media they use. Extraordinary artworks with suprising message. American and European art incounter a mutual inspiration for artists and spectators.
Returning to the initial question: yes, today young artists from all over the world share a common heritage, but local traditions mixed with global standard, open up a new look, a wider look on contemporary art enriching young creativity and the understanding of art. Mission accomplished!