there's an intense fascination for the future which is revealed by certain past works that's reciprocated by the equally intense appeal that these past works have for contemporary artists, notably through the historical form of modernism. from the way in which we previously imagined the future, and the retrospective gaze that the present era levels at the past – particularly the often naive or fantastical interpretation of what lies ahead in time – come the questions behind the upcoming exhibition that opens sat - sep 14 [6pm-8pm] at the agnès b. galerie boutique in new york city. entitled future perfect, the showcase takes a transversal approach, intersecting different aesthetic and temporal currents.
a selection of work from contemporary artists will be grouped with older work and documents, each giving perspective to the others. In addition, one section will be dedicated to cinema and another to the various accessories, devices and artefacts developed by the steampunk community. in a separate section, it'll also include the first french retrospective of the american magazine retrofuturism, in the form of an installation designed by its originator, the artist and editor lloyd dunn. the magazine is based on representations of the future produced before the 1960s, and it combines a clear partiality for retro style with a pronounced taste for scientific experimentation and cutting-edge technology, whether real or imagined. location: 50 howard street [soho].