Janet Delaney, Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge
Janet Delaney, Subway Readers
Subway Readers
Janet Delany, Man on Car
Man on Car
Christine Osinski, Two Boys with Automobile
Two Boys with Automobile
Christine Osinski, Two Girls with Matching Outfits
Two Girls with Matching Outfits
Christine Osinski, Ziebart Auto-Repair
Ziebart Auto-Truck
Christine Osinski, Two Men Repairing a West Brighton House
Two Men Repairing House in West Brighton
Amy Arbus, Madonna
Amy Arbus, The Clash
The Clash
Amy Arbus, Flip Family
Flip Family
Amy Arbus, Spiked Hair
Spiked Hair
Les Simpson, Untitled
Designers and models at a fashion show at Danceteria nightclub
Les Simpson, Untitled
Maurice and friend in the Palladium nightclub basement, designed by Kenny Scharf
Les Simpson, Untitled
Tim, Gene, Bobby, and Thom
Les Simpson, Untitled
Luisa, Theresa, and Wendy at fashion show at Danceteria nightclub
Les Simpson, Untitled
George, David, and James at “My Comrade” magazine rooftop party
Janette Beckman, Run DMC, Hollis, Queens
Run DMC, Hollis, Queens
Gunar Roze, Manhattan 1982, #1
Manhattan 1982, #1
Gunar Roze, Manhattan 1982, #2
Manhattan 1982, #2
Gunar Roze, Manhattan 1982- #3
Manhattan 1982, #3
Man with Big Radio, 42nd Street
Young Man and Boom Box, 42nd Street
Andrew Garn, Cat People, 42nd st
Cat People, 42nd Street
Andrew Garn, Rainy Night, 42nd st
Rainy Night, 42nd Street
Gail Thacker, Mark Morrisroe Eyes Closed
Mark Morrisroe, Eyes Closed (Pat’s Room on Day Tripper, Boston to NYC)
Keizo Kitajima Danceteria
Club TR3
Keizo Kitajima MUDD Club.1981
Keizo Kitajima, New York, 1981
New York
Arlene Gottfried, Buick, East 6th Street
Buick on East 6th Street
Arlene Gottfried, The Commmunion
The Communion
Brian Young, Untitled
Untitled (from the ‘Subway Series’)
Armand Agresti, Hell Gate Bridge, Astoria
Hell Gate Bridge
Armand Agresti, Car Wash, Howard Beach
Car Wash, Howard Beach
Jeanette  Barron, Brice Marden
Brice Marden
Jeanette Montgomery Barron, Jenny Holzer
Jenny Holzer
Bianca Jagger
Mark Morrisroe, Trey with Spot
Untitled (Trey with Spot)
Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman
Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Rainer Fetting and Desmond
Rainer Fetting and Desmond
Jeannette Montgomery Barron, William Burroughs
William Burroughs
Jeannette Montgomery Barron, John Lurie
John Lurie
Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Francesco Clemente
Francesco Clemente
Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Warhol and Basquiat
Warhol and Basquiat
Catherine McGann, Diamanda Galas
Diamanda Galas
Catherine McGann, Larry Kramer
Larry Kramer
Nan Goldin, Nan at her bottom..., The Bowery, NYC
Nan at her bottom…, The Bowery, NYC
Nan Goldin, The Hug, New York City
The Hug, NYC
Larry Clark, Untitled (Hustler and Long Shadow)
Untitled (Hustler and Long Shadow)
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Still Life With Chanel Bag)
Untitled (Still Life with Chanel Bag)
NYC c.1985 Installation
Exhibition Image
NYC 1985 installation 2
Exhibition Image Two
NYC c.1985 Installation
Exhibition Image Three
NYC 1985 Installation 4
Exhibition Image Four
NYC 1985 Installation 5
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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