Six iconoclastic artists from the 1980s--David Wojnarowicz, Mike Bidlo, Luis Frangella, Judy Glantzman, Rick Prol, Russell Sharon--followed their own creative, revolutionary path and were part of the group that took over the then derelict Pier 34 on the West Side Highway and turned it into an experimental art space (it lasted a year). Those artists are together again; actually selected works are together for a show at the Johannes Vogt Gallery starting April 2, 2017.
The exhibition, Exuberant 80s: An East Village Painters Circle organized by Jane Wesman and Hal Bromm captures a time when art was wildly individualistic and no particular school or style of painting was embraced, rather it was a time of breaking away from conventions, yes, even the conventions of rebellion (everything, even rebellion has protocols).
The exhibit showcases Bidlio's "No Pollack" paintings, Frangella's rich figurative paintings that are juxtaposed against Glantzman's expressionistic portraits. View Prol's urban, experimental paintings, Sharon's landscapes (faux naif), wooden furniture and sculptures, and Wojnarowicz's work which combines painting with photographs, sculptures and more.
The artists showed their works at Gracie Mansion, Civilian Warfare, and Hal Bromm Gallery Limbo Lounge and the Mudd Club.
Jane Wesman, a collector and Hal Bromm, a gallerist, have known the artists for decades, and they themselves are long-time friends.
The show is at the Johannes Vogt Gallery, 55 Chrystie Street, Suite 202 New York, NY 10002 Visit the gallery's site to preview the upcoming exhibition. The opening reception is on April 2, 2017 from 6- 8 pm. The show runs through April 30, 2017