Nick Alsis on Modern Art’s Transnational Approach

man-343674_960_720After spending much of his early writing career agonizing over rejection letters from publishers, Jack Kerouac found himself asking the following question: “Don’t they realize I’m good?” In fact, by the time “On the Road” was finally published — several years after it was originally written — the Beat Generation icon had already finished several other novels that were published in short order due to the public’s overjoyed reaction to Kerouac’s work. According to Nick Alsis, many wonderful modern artists have encountered similar frustrations with the galleries and museums that could grant them a greater degree of exposure and allow the public to weigh in on the artistic value of the work.

It is only recently that some of the leading modern art museums have finally adopted a more transnational approach to modern art, expanding beyond the typical North American and Western European artists that have thus far been the primary focus of gallery showings and museum exhibits. The Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art have best reflected this new approach, featuring modernist art from all over the world, with a particular focus on modern art from the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

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