The Met

Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy

Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
September 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019

“For the last fifty years, artists have explored the hidden operations of power and the symbiotic suspicion between the government and its citizens that haunts Western democracies. Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy will be the first major exhibition to tackle this perennially provocative topic. It will trace the simultaneous development of two kinds of art about conspiracy.

The first half of the exhibition will comprise works by artists who hew strictly to the public record, uncovering hidden webs of deceit—from the shell corporations of a New York slumlord to vast, interconnected networks encompassing politicians, businessmen, and arms dealers. In the second part, other artists will dive headlong into the fever dreams of the disaffected, creating fantastical works that nevertheless uncover uncomfortable truths in an age of information overload and weakened trust in institutions.”

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Blouin Artinfo

“Pictures for an exhibition: Alone together” at MAC Montreal

By Blouin Artinfo
July 10, 2018

““Alone Together” at MAC Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal (MAC Montreal), an installment of pictures for its evolving cycle of exhibitions “Pictures for an Exhibition” brings together works by four Canadian artists — Sarah Anne JohnsonGraeme PattersonJon Rafman, and Jeremy Shaw belonging to the same generation.

Delving on the simple yet complex phrase “Alone Together,” the exhibition explores how one expresses themselves is this era of unparalleled connectivity, where solitude, a necessity to our core being, is scarce.

Sarah Anne Johnson visits a music festival and creates a photographic record of modern-day Dionysian celebrations, collective rituals where social intoxicated freedom replaces social norms. Her work ‘Field Trip’ combines euphoria and psychedelia.”

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Photograph

Sarah Anne Johnson: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Julie Saul Gallery

By Diana McClure
June, 2018

“In her latest body of work, on view at Julie Saul Gallery through June 23, Sarah Anne Johnson uses photographs as canvases to expose the ephemerality of innocence, adorning her sublime landscapes with unconventional materials, including cotton balls, artificial flowers or spray paint, that speak to both play and longing.

Several of the landscape photographs on view include kaleidoscopic, colored stickers placed over images of water and sky. In two instances – Sunset #2 (Bedazzled), 2018, and Apocalypse, 2018 – the collage-like additions, made from holographic tape, resemble clouds suspended over bodies of water at sunset. The holographic tape has a playful quality that gives evidence of human intervention and contrasts with the emptiness of the seascapes. An additional wash of black acrylic paint drips down the surface of Apocalypse, suggesting a dystopic take on contemporary environmental issues.”

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