David Armstrong, 14th Street and 9th Avenue
14th Street and 9th Avenue
David Armstrong, George in the Water
George in the Water, Provincetown
David Armstrong, Bruce and George, Provincetown
Bruce and George, Provincetown
David Armstrong, Andrew at the Bowery
Andrew at the Bowery
David Armstrong, Yannis, Bed Stuy
Yanis, Bed Stuy
David Armstrong, Kevin at Elizabeth Street
Kevin at Elizabeth Street
Genaro and Costas, NYC, David Armstrong
Genaro and Costas, New York City
Mark Morrisroe, Fascination
Fascination (Jonathan)
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Blue Woman)
Janet Massomian
Mark Morrisroe, P-town Gal (Rose), Provincetown
P-town Gal (Rose), Provincetown
Mark Morrisroe, Big Paul Henderson
Big Paul Henderson Strikes an Artistic Pose
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled Self Portrait
Untitled (Self Portrait)
Mark Morrisroe, Self Portrait With Tina Tuner
Untitled (Self Portrait with Tina Turner)
Mark Morrisroe, Self Portrait as Cupid
Self Portrait As Cupid
Mark Morrisroe, "Untitled" Jack pierson
Untitled (Jonathan) [Portrait of Jack Pierson]
Mark Morrisroe, Trey with Spot
Untitled (Trey with Spot)
Mark Morrisroe, Katy's Goldfish
Katy’s Goldfish
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Cat Eyes)
Untitled (Cat Eyes)
Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in bed, New York City
Nan and Brian in bed, NYC
Nan Goldin, Self Portrait Party Hat NewYears
Self-portrait in party hat, New Year’s Eve, “Renaissance,” Malibu
Nan Goldin, Nan at her bottom..., The Bowery, NYC
Nan at her bottom…, The Bowery, NYC
Nan Goldin, Self-portrait in my room, Berlin
Self-portrait in my room, Berlin
Nan Goldin, Suzanne and Philippe on the train, Long Island, N.Y
Suzanne and Philippe on the train, Long Island, NY
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May 14 – June 20, 2015

ClampArt is very proud to present “Boston to New York: David Armstrong (1954-2014), Nan Goldin (b. 1953), and Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989).” These three artists largely represent the core of what has now been coined the Boston School—a group of artists who attended either the School of the Museum of Fine Arts or Massachusetts College of Art between 1971 and 1984. (Other unofficial members include Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jack Pierson, Stephen Tashjian, etc.)

Elisabeth Sussman, the Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, writes: “[T]here was, and continues to be, a consistent Boston aesthetic. . . For all of the remarkable differences among these artists, similarities emerge—a strong engagement with the direct photograph and a consistent exploration of the group of people who constitute the photographers’ social milieu and through whose lives reveal the photographers’ beliefs (that is not too strong a word) about friendship and love, sexuality, and the potential of polymorphously gendered identity.” Not only friends with a shared artistic sensibility, these photographers were also routinely the subjects of one another’s images.

Sharing a non-romantic relationship and sometimes a home over a period of decades, Nan Goldin and David Armstrong first became close friends well before college at the Satya Community School, an alternative high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at age 14. Both of them then attended the Museum School, where they eventually met Mark Morrisroe in 1977. In fact, Armstrong was a strong advocate of Morrisroe’s admission. And, Goldin remembers: “[Morrisroe] left shit in my mailbox as a gesture of friendship.”

Armstrong soon moved to New York in the late 1970s, and Goldin followed him a year later, taking an apartment just around the corner. Morrisroe would not move to the city until later in 1986—just a few years before his death to AIDS-related complications.

ClampArt brings together a broad range of diaristic photographs by these three artists from the expanse of their amazing careers. The exhibition is in honor of David Armstrong, whose untimely death came in October 2014. The immense influence of these three photographers on younger generations cannot be overstated.

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