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Can we take another look at the USA? Uncertain States of America examines a new generation of 45 young artists buzzing with ideas and taking the art world by storm.

Curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B Kvaran and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the exhibition is the culmination of 18 months of research. The team crisscrossed the US - visiting studios, galleries, alternative spaces and museums to bring a unique perspective on art being made in the USA today. 'We gathered the most diverse, even contradictory, impressions of a multi-faceted culture and innumerable artists' dossiers that we brought back to Europe for closer scrutiny', state Birnbaum, Kvaran and Obrist.

Uncertain States is a poignant examination of what it is to be an artist in contemporary America. This exhibition will include an installation by Mika Rottenberg who received the inaugural Cartier Award in April 2006. Her video Dough, 2005, is a strange and haunting exploration of obese bodies. Miranda July's films, videos and performances are provoked by incidents, fragments of speech and gestures that she catches when she is out in the world.

Artists Josh Smith, Nate Lowman, Wade Guyton, Kelley Walker and Aaron Young explore notions of sampling, appropriation and collaboration in a collective description of cultural displacement. A monochromatic installation by Kori Newkirk brings together 'two white things that can kill me'.

Uncertain States of America features all manner of media, including work by Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Anthony Burdin, Paul Chan, Trisha Donnelly, Hannah Greely, Matthew Day Jackson, Seth Price and Jordan Wolfson, all of whom featured in the Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night; Daria Martin, who was included in the Tate Triennial 2006: New British Art; and Aïda Ruilova, recently shortlisted for the 2006 Hugo Boss Prize. Other participating artists include Edgar Arceneaux, Devendra Banhart, Frank Benson, Jennifer Bornstein, Mike Bouchet, Matthew Brannon, Sean Dack, Shannon Ebner, Forcefield, Piero Golia, Taft Green, Karl Haendel, Christian Holstad, Shane Huffman, Jiae Hwang, Matt Johnson, Klara Liden, Matt McCormick, Rodney McMillian, Ohad Meromi, Adam Putnam, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Matthew Ronay, Reena Spaulings, Paul Sietsema, Mika Tajima, TM Sisters and Mario Ybarra Jr.

The exhibition will take over the ground floor of the Serpentine and include films and sound works in the critically acclaimed Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, with Arup.


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Uncertain States of America
American Art in the 3rd Millennium
Kuratoren: Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B Kvaran, Hans Ulrich Obrist

mit Allora & Calzadilla, Edgar Arceneaux, Devendra Banhart, Frank Benson, Jennifer Bornstein, Mike Bouchet, Matthew Brannon, Anthony Burdin, Paul Chan, Sean Dack, Matthew Day Jackson, Trisha Donnelly, Jim Drain, Piero Golia, Hannah Greely, Taft Green, Wade Guyton / Kelley Walker, Karl Haendel, Christian Holstad, Jiae Hwang, Matt Johnson, Miranda July, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Nate Lowman, Daria Martin, Matt McCormick, Rodney McMillian, Ohad Meromi, Kori Newkirk, Seth Price, Adam Putnam, Matthew Ronay, Mika Rottenberg, Aida Ruilova, Reena Spaulings (Reena Spaulings Fine Art), Paul Sietsema, Josh Smith, Mika Tajima, TM Sisters , Jordan Wolfson, Mario Ybarra Jr., Aaron Young

06.12.07 - 24.02.08 Galerie Rudolfinum, Prag
23.03.07 - 07.05.07 Centre for Contemporary Art, Warschau
04.03.07 - 01.07.07 Herning Kunstmuseum
05.11.06 - 21.01.07 Reykjavik Art Museum
09.09.06 - 15.10.06 Serpentine Gallery, London
24.06.06 - 10.09.06 CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson
08.10.05 - 11.12.05 Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo