Strikes and Strokes: Painting the 2000s, New York

Art at Americas Society hosted a conversation with three artists as they discussed on their practice and the 2000s New York art scene.


  • Annette Wehrhahn, artist
  • Fabienne Lasserre, sculptor 
  • Alejandra Seeber, artist
  • Aimé Iglesias,  Director and Chief Curator of Art

"I call it 'the regenerative aspect of painting,'" said artist Alejandra Seeber. "[Painting] is many things. One of them is that the possibilities are endless. That's the hardest because it is a very classical medium, but at the same time, the challenge is bigger, and that's how I get caught in it." In a panel hosted by Art at Americas Society, Seeber spoke with fellow artists Fabienne Lasserre and Annette Wehrhahn on their practice and the art scene of New York in the early and mid-2000s. 

Wehrhahn reflected on the essence of that period. "There was this kind of grungy abstraction that felt more relatable to me. It didn't feel like [the art] was made for somebody's fancy house," she said. The artist reflected on the concept of beauty and drew a stark contrast between the art of that time and how media and advertising have evolved, underscoring the unique characteristics of the 2000s art scene. 

"I feel beauty is often very ideological, is worth pushing up against, and I connect it more to pleasure," added Fabienne Lasserre, a Canadian sculptor who identifies herself as a painter. "Painting to me has this propensity to resist criticism and embrace it and transform itself without abandoning its identity," she added. 

Americas Society's Art Gallery presents Alejandra Seeber: Interior with Landscapes, the first solo exhibition and career survey of the Argentine artist in New York.