Last Updated on June 4, 2024

The Arts Club London presents a major group show focused on contemporary artists of Native American descent. Curated by Amelie von Wedel and Pernilla Holmes of Wedel Art, New Myth: Contemporary Artists of Native American Descent will feature approximately 12 works from six American artists, offering insight into the significant shift in contemporary art to spotlight artists from indigenous backgrounds. Often overlooked until now, this transformation is occurring across museums, biennales, major galleries and in academia today.

Exhibited within The Arts Club’s first floor drawing room and ante rooms, the show will be open to both members and the public through 22 September 2024.

New Myth spotlights American artists whose singular, raw, and poetic works draw on past and present, from their cultural roots to their lives today, to create magical works that evince the richness and complexities of identity we all can relate to,” Pernilla Holmes, Director of Wedel Arts, said. “If traditional Native American art has seemingly suspended the culture somewhere in the past, these artists are part of the vibrant broadening of art history breaking through in this generation, gaining considerable recognition across museums, biennales, major galleries and academia today.”

The artists featured in this exhibition – Cannupa Hanska Luger, Esteban Cabeza de Baca, Gisela McDaniel, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Julie Buffalohead and Mario Martinez – balance personal and familial histories with contemporary artistic, societal, and political concerns, forging practises that address our constantly shifting present. Collectively, these artists have exhibited at renowned institutions worldwide – such as the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in Germany; Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Massachusetts; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

“As a beacon of cultural enrichment, we’re delighted to champion the voices and works of an amazing group of North American artists through our arts program,” Meher Waney, Director of Membership & Business Development at The Arts Club, said. “This exhibition is a testament to our commitment in making the Club a creative hub for diverse talent and a space for ideas of new generations to thrive. We welcome both members and the public to delve into the depths of Native American artistry and bridge its cultural heritage with contemporary narratives.”

Alongside New Myth, visitors will also be able to view The Arts Club’s permanent art collection which is drawn from around the world and spans several decades – from George Condo to Albert Oehlen and Tomas Saraceno – the collection demonstrates cutting-edge contemporary practices, shifting ideas between generations, as well as the enduring concerns in art and humanity that transcend the ages in our rapidly changing world.

Installation view of "New Myth: Contemporary Artists of Native American Descent" at The Arts Club London.
Installation view of “New Myth: Contemporary Artists of Native American Descent” at The Arts Club London. Photo by Kate Elliott

About The Arts Club

The Arts Club was founded in 1863, to provide a sanctuary for those with a professional or amateur relationship with the Arts, Literature or Sciences, and it has continued to welcome a community of discerning thinkers and thought leaders ever since.

From distinguished art exhibitions to fine dining, live music and an exceptional programme of events, the club remains at the heart of contemporary cultural life in London.

Currently occupying an elegant Mayfair townhouse, the club has included among its members many outstanding figures in the history of art, literature and science. Writers such as Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Thomas Hughes; musicians such as Paolo Tosti, Charles Halle and Franz Liszt; artists such as Frederic Leighton, John Everett Millais, Auguste Rodin and James McNeill Whistler, have all played an integral part in the club’s history.

It continues to be a home away from home for many such creatives, entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers, attracting a creative crowd that get excited about art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, science, and media. Eclectic and comfortable in its timeless style, The Arts Club encourages individuals to come together, meet and exchange ideas, dine and immerse themselves in an extensive cultural program, comprising panel discussions, exhibitions, studio and gallery tours and live music.

Address: The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4NP

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7499 8581

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