Walead Beshty | Liz Craft | Aaron Curry | Carroll Dunham | Arturo Herrera | Mike Kelley | Paul McCarthy | Erik Parker | Sigmar Polke | Peter Saul | Dana Schutz | Michael Williams | Sue Williams
Comic Future featured work by artists who employ various approaches to language, satire and representation to explore visions of the future. Drawing from the art historical lineage of cubism, cartoons, figurative painting and gestural abstraction, and appropriating subjects from mythology, advertising, print culture and consumerism, Comic Future addressed the breakdown of the human condition and the absurdities which define the perils of human evolution.
Showcasing works from the 1960s through 2013, the exhibition surveyed political satire and cultural commentary through movements ranging from capitalist realism to contemporary pop art. The works included early drawings by Sigmar Polke, collage by Walead Beshty, painting by Carroll Dunham and Peter Saul, alongside newer works by Dana Schutz, Sue Williams, Michael Williams and Erik Parker and sculpture by Aaron Curry, Liz Craft and Mike Kelley. For the exhibition Ballroom also commissioned a new, site-specific wall installation by artist Arturo Herrera.
This exhibition was curated by Fairfax Dorn.
Special thanks to 303 Gallery, Brice Beasley, Michael Camacho, Chinati Foundation, Rob Crowley, Tim Crowley and Jennifer Bell of the Crowley Theater, Hilary duPont, Cuca Flores, Food Shark, Genevieve Gallaway, Gladstone Gallery, Eric & Debbie Green, Ginger Griffice, Hauser & Wirth, Alan Hergott & Curt Shepard, Judd Foundation, Maiya Keck, Eric Martinez, Rebecca McGivney, Michael Werner Gallery, Ignacio Perez Meruane, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Riley O’Bryan, WN Parrott, Petzel Gallery, Regen Projects, Francisco Rosas, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, Gory Smelley, Berry Stein and Justin Waugh.
Comic Future has been made possible through the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston; the Meyer Levy Charitable Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; and generous contributions by Ballroom Marfa members.