Image above: At Venus Over Manhattan during the opening night.
Venus Over Manhattan presented on the 9th of May,#RAWHIDE , an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs from the nineteenth century to present that together chronicle the cowboy’s rise to omnipresence in art. Will be on view at 980 Madison Avenue from till July 11, 2015.
Installation view: Artwork (left) ©Richard Avedon, Peggy Daniels, cashier, Giddings, Texas, May 7, 1981. (right) ©Richard Avedon, Self-portrait, Photographer, Provo, Utah, August 20, 1980, 1980. Courtesy of Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.
Installation view at Venus Over Manhattan.
He has long been a vehicle through which artists are able to interpret and articulate their relationship to American identity. For that reason, the cowboy’s portrayal at any given time is both a critique and a reflection of our nation’s values and desires. This icon is a testament to the artist’s ability to recognize the universality, longevity and potential of this American symbol.
At Venus Over Manhattan during the opening night. Artwork ©Cady Noland, cowboy with holes, Eating, 1990.
Installation image: (left) ©Ed Ruscha, Dry Frontier, 1987 Acrylic on canvas; (center) Will Boone, To be titled, 2015; (right) Nate Lowman Alexis, 2005. Courtesy of Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.
Featuring works by Richard Avedon, Will Boone, George Catlin, Edward Curtis, Sante D’Orazio, Tom of Finland, Mark Flood, Maestro Gaxiola, Dennis Hopper, Frank Tenney Johnson, Ray Johnson, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Roy Lichtenstein, Nate Lowman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Christian Marclay, Leonard McCombe, Bob Mizer, Cady Noland, Rob Pruitt, Richard Prince, Jason Rhodes, Herb Ritts, Ed Ruscha, C.M. Russell, Peter Saul, Cindy Sherman, Henry Merwin Shrady, Laurie Simmons, Andy Warhol, Karlheinz Weinberger, and Laura Wilson.
At Venus Over Manhattan during the opening night.
* All opening images by Paula Rey Jiménez