Manhattan Bridge
Subway Readers
Man on Car
Two Boys with Automobile
Two Girls with Matching Outfits
Ziebart Auto-Truck
Two Men Repairing House in West Brighton
The Clash
Flip Family
Spiked Hair
Designers and models at a fashion show at Danceteria nightclub
Maurice and friend in the Palladium nightclub basement, designed by Kenny Scharf
Tim, Gene, Bobby, and Thom
Luisa, Theresa, and Wendy at fashion show at Danceteria nightclub
George, David, and James at “My Comrade” magazine rooftop party
Run DMC, Hollis, Queens
Manhattan 1982, #1
Manhattan 1982, #2
Manhattan 1982, #3
Young Man and Boom Box, 42nd Street
Cat People, 42nd Street
Rainy Night, 42nd Street
Mark Morrisroe, Eyes Closed (Pat’s Room on Day Tripper, Boston to NYC)
Club TR3
New York
Buick on East 6th Street
The Communion
Untitled (from the ‘Subway Series’)
Hell Gate Bridge
Car Wash, Howard Beach
Brice Marden
Jenny Holzer
Bianca Jagger
Untitled (Trey with Spot)
Cindy Sherman
Rainer Fetting and Desmond
William Burroughs
John Lurie
Francesco Clemente
Warhol and Basquiat
Diamanda Galas
Larry Kramer
Nan at her bottom…, The Bowery, NYC
The Hug, NYC
Untitled (Hustler and Long Shadow)
Untitled (Still Life with Chanel Bag)
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Exhibition Image Two
Exhibition Image Three
Exhibition Image Four
Exhibition Image Five

May 23 – July 3, 2013

Artist’s reception:
Thursday, May 23, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to present “NYC, c. 1985,” a group exhibition including artworks by Armand Agresti, Amy Arbus, Janette Beckman, Larry Clark, Janet Delaney, Andrew Garn, Nan Goldin, Arlene Gottfried, Keizo Kitajima, Catherine McGann, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Mark Morrisroe, Christine Osinski, Gunar Roze, Les Simpson, Gail Thacker, and Brian Young. The show coincides with the release of Jeannette Montgomery Barron’s monograph, Scene, from powerHouse Books (Hardcover, 136 pages, 11.7 x 9.2 inches, $40).

Through a wide range of photographic images by both established and less-familiar artists, the exhibition represents a major metropolis in transition. Compared to the 1970s, a restrained optimism prevailed to a certain extent in New York City over the next decade with the Wall Street boom and a general decline in unemployment. However, such appalling blights as homelessness, violent crime, and racial tensions—not to mention the explosion of the AIDS epidemic—all served to shred the very social fabric of the city.

ClampArt’s exhibition includes work that depicts both the high and the low in terms of culture, from Jeannette Montgomary Barron’s portraits of many now-canonized visual artists (including Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman) and social luminaries (such as Bianca Jagger) to Les Simpson’s blithe snapshots of club kids and drag queens.

Many of the images in the show highlight the burgeoning punk and later new wave and Hip Hop music scenes with portraits of Madonna and The Clash by Amy Arbus, and Run DMC by Janette Beckman.

The range of fashions of the era are well documented by Gunar Roze’s portraits of people on the streets and Keizo Kitajima’s gritty shots of downtown nightlife.

Other artists like Armand Agresti, Janet Delaney, Arlene Gottfried, and Christine Osinski depict disparate neighborhoods in Manhattan and the other four boroughs, highlighting the rapid development and gentrification witnessed over the next thirty years—often at the loss of an edgier, freer (albeit much more dangerous) urban environment.

“NYC, c. 1985” reflects the diversity which has always defined the city, in addition to its propensity for constant change which ultimately underlies the energy of the place and its people—for better or for worse.

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