Reception: Friday, January 5, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Artist will be present.
Anya Tish Gallery is thrilled to
announce To Have or To Be, the
inaugural U.S. solo exhibition of Serbian artist, Vladislav Šćepanović. Representing Serbia in this year’s 57th
Venice Biennale, Šćepanović holds no bars when it comes to criticizing the media
and turning consumer culture on its head through his Pop Art like paintings.
Fueled by the study of media
representation, the artist unapologetically speaks the language of mass culture
to call for the return of consciousness and common sense in the modern world. Using elements of film, advertising, fashion
and other industries of modern culture, Šćepanović’s narrative works aim to
criticize western world’s economic and political structures. Well-known advertisements,
logos, the familiar subjects of family life and religious symbols are paired to
visually communicate the materialistic realities of everyday life. The works dominate
the space and demand that we look to the visual vernacular of mass-communication
we are exposed to every day and question the authenticity of our beliefs.
Vladislav Šćepanović, painter, academic and writer received his PhD in
2009 at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. He has served as the Director of the Museum
of Contemporary Arts in Belgrade, Serbia and is currently a Professor at his
alma mater. Šćepanović most recently
represented Serbia at the 57th Venice Biennale as part of Enclavia, 2017. His work has been shown in various venues and
art institutions, among them the Yugoslav Film Archive, Belgrade, Serbia; Yugoslav
Cultural Center, Paris, France; City Gallery Fonticus, Croatia; and the Gallery
Barsky, Hoboken, New Jersey. Scepanovic is the 2001 award winner for painting
in “BELI ANDEO / White Angel”, Mileseva, Serbia. In 2010 he published the art
and media theory book “The Media Spectacle and Destruction”.