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USA Today - Royal Academy of the Arts

Preview by Jack Foley

A NEW exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts attempts to examine what young America’s reaction has been to ‘The War on Terror’.

USA Today features a selection of work by American artists as they confront not only their own fundamental questions, but also global poverty, inequality, population migration and the gigantic environmental problems that confront the world as a whole.

Gay politics, women’s politics, Islamic politics and black politics all have their echo here.

These young artists invest the Stars and Stripes with their own agendas, re-reading it and turning it upside down or evoking moments in their country’s history, such as the draft, the baby boom, the space race, the bicentennial or the bygone era of flower power.

One of the things that emerges from this fascinating exhibition is that younger artists in America seem to be asking questions about their society to which there are no straight answers.

As a result, some of the images contained in the exhibition could be disturbing and parental guidance may be required.

USA Today opened on October 6 and runs until November 4, 2006.

Our photo shows Pyromaniac 2 by Josephine Meckseper. © The artist. Courtesy the Saatchi Gallery

New American Art from The Saatchi Gallery. Supported by Christie’s and a consortium of corporate donors.
Tickets: £2.80 – £10