continues through Jan 12:
“Totally Gay for Sports”
curated by Paul Brainard
The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie St., NYC
“Tired of seeing shows on the Lower East Side that look like bank lobbies? me too.” says Paul Brainard, the artist/curator behind this refreshingly original exhibition:
“It was very important to me personally to organize a show that dealt with issues of homophobia and the unfortunate cult of sports personality. I think that sports culture is one of the last areas of extreme homophobia and this was part of my impetus to organize a show that would deal with some of these issues. It was also important how the show would be perceived by the gay community and thus far we have only had a positive response. It has been very interesting for me to see the show deal with questions of sexuality, homosexuality and gender from many different perspectives.”
Artists: Paul Brainard, Chris Caccamise, Peter Daverington, TM Davy, Franklin Evans, Evie Falci, Dawn Frasch, Duncan Hannah, Kurt Kauper, Hyun Jin Alex Park, Jean Pierre Roy, Tom Sanford, Lane Twitchell, Eric White, Barnaby Whitfield, Kelli Williams
continues through Jan 12:
Opens Tues, Nov 19, 5-9p:
“Salon des Refusés”
curated by Michael Anderson
Artion Gallery, 275 Water St., NYC
The Salon des Refusés is French for “Exhibition of Rejects,” originally referring to the Paris Salon of 1863. Normally, this would refer to any exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show. Artist Michael Anderson, as curator of the exhibition, brings together a group of New York artists and longtime friends who produce uncomfortable work that is both beautiful and stimulating.
Artists Include: Aaron Johnson, Alfred Steiner, Debra Hampton, Jessica Speckhard, Michael Anderson, Noah Becker, and Tom Sanford (works pictured here).
opens Fri, Sept 6, 6-8p:
“Café des Artistes”
Kravets/Wehby Gallery, 521 W21st St., NYC
Sanford presents a series of 10 portraits of notable New Yorkers as well as three larger “New York genre paintings” depicting scenes of extraordinary New Yorkers engaged in the motions and activities of an ordinary life. Some of the characters included are Walt Frazier, Tina Fey, RZA, Jonathan Lethem, Diane Von Furstenberg, Bill T Jones, Woody Allen, Nicole Eisenmann, Carlo McCormick, Spike Lee and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. - thru Oct 12
Opens Thurs, July 11, 6-8p:
curated by Chris Bors
Cindy Rucker Gallery, 141 Attorney St., NYC
The work in this show is grotesque, in every sense of the word; outlandish actions, disfigured forms, and bizarre scenes pepper the works and transform the gallery into a twisted Freak Show. - thru Aug 9
artists: Chris Bors, Paul Brainard, Dawn Frasch, Aaron Johnson, Hein Koh, Tom Sanford, and Aaron Zimmerman
Chris Bors, No Redeeming Social Value, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 43 1/2” x 34”. © Chris Bors. Courtesy the artist.
Aaron Johnson, Mooncusser, 2012, acrylic and socks on linen, 40” x 32”. Courtesy the artist.
Opens Tuesday, June 26, 6-8p:
“Our Ladies of Infamy and Grandeur”
East Village Visitors Center, 75 East 4th St., NYC (bt 2nd Ave & Bowery)
The exhibition of five gilded paintings will honor the exploits, undertakings and legends of lost cultural heroines from Manhattan’s historical Five Points neighborhood.
Preston arrived at the concept for this series through numerous conversations with his friend and mentor, Tom Sanford. Additionally, in the artist’s words, “I came up with the initial idea for this series of paintings while reading ‘The Blackest Bird’ by NYC author Joel Rose. I wanted to explore the lore of embellished accounts from Manhattan’s early days […] The implied iconography in these paintings calls our attention to narratives which, in some cases, have managed to live on through time as mere sentiments found within a few sentences in a couple of books […] I wanted to make small paintings which glorify small events by rather insignificant and even infamous individuals within the context of our written histories.”