EXHIBITION

Clarissa Bonet, Swelter
Swelter
Clarissa Bonet, On the Edge
On the Edge
Clarissa Bonet, Fortress
Fortress
Laura Stevens, 16 December, II
16 December, II
Lily
Lily
Moriyama_NewYorkFromAbove-980
New York from Above
Diane Arbus, Transvestite at her birthday party
Transvestite at her birthday party
Diane Arbus, Woman with eyeliner, NYC
Woman with eyeliner, NYC
Richard Renaldi, 06:25
6:25
Richard Renaldi, 06:27
6:27
Lori Nix/Kathleen Gerber, Dawn
Dawn
Lori Nix, Lovers' Leap
Lovers’ Leap
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Major Tom, 20 years old, Kansas City, Kansas, $20, Hustlers
Major Tom; 20 years old; Kansas City, Kansas; $20
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Tokyo
Tokyo (Plate 159)
Michael Massaia, Bow Bridge
Bow Bridge
Michael Massaia, The Mall, 4am
The Mall, 4 a.m.
Jack Pierson, Sorrow
Sorrow
Nan Goldin, Bobby masturbating, New York City [Bobby at home]
Bobby masturbating, New York City [Bobby at home]
Marc Yankus, Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building
Marc Yankus, Haughwout Building
Haughwout Building
David Wojnarowicz, Arthur Rimbaud in New York
Rimbaud in New York
David Armstrong, Yellow Cab, Upper East Side
NYC
David Armstrong, 14th Street and 9th Avenue
14th Street and 9th Avenue
Jen Davis, Untitled No. 14
Untitled No. 14
Jen Davis, Maxwell Street
Maxwell Street
Frank Yamrus, untitled (Fetish)
untitled (Fetish)
Larry Clark, Untitled (Hustler and Long Shadow)
Untitled (Hustler and Long Shadow)
Larry Clark, Vinnie
Vinnie
Mark Morrisroe, Dismal Boston Skyline, 1986
Dismal Boston Skyline
Mark Morrisroe, Figure Study
Figure Study
John Arsenault, Lonely
Lonely
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image I
Installation Image I
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image II
Installation Image II
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image III
Installation Image III
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image IV
Installation Image IV
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image V
Installation Image V
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image VI
Installation Image VI
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image VII
Installation Image VII
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image VIII
Installation Image VIII
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image IX
Installation Image IX
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image X
Installation Image X
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image XI
Installation Image XI
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image XII
Installation Image XII
The City (And a Few Lonely People), Installation Image XIII
Installation Image XIII

January 24 – March 9, 2019

Opening reception:
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to present “The City (And a Few Lonely People),” a group show inspired by Olivia Laing’s groundbreaking book, The Lonely City (Picador: New York City, 2016).

“You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavour to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people,” writes Olivia Laing. After an abrupt and particularly painful end to a short-lived but explosive romance, the author leaves her native England to spend time away in New York City. However, soon upon arriving, she experiences a profound, bone-deep loneliness previously unknown. The Lonely City is a searing and insightful memoir of sorts, which traces the writer’s experience of isolation in a cold, new place through the lens of a group of artists whose works reflect and ruminate upon the same emotion. Considering examples from a diverse range of artists across the expanse of the 20th century from Edward Hopper to Henry Darger, Andy Warhol to David Wojnarowicz, Laing questions what it means to be lonely in our present pixelated age, and how such isolation might “drive one to consider some of the larger questions of what it is to be alive.” Part autobiography, part art history, The Lonely City is an original and erudite example of new criticism informed by personal experience and emotional intelligence akin to other maverick essayists such as Rebecca Solnit and Maggie Nelson.

ClampArt’s exhibition takes The Lonely City as a springboard and explores isolation within urban spaces through pieces by artists specifically discussed by Laing (Nan Goldin, David Wojnarowicz) and many others who traverse the same terrain. While Laing considers painters, writers, photographers, and performance artists, the show at ClampArt looks at loneliness specifically through a photographic eye concentrating on the late 20th-century to the present, including images by Diane Arbus, David Armstrong, John Arsenault, Clarissa Bonet, Larry Clark, Jen Davis, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Michael Massaia, Daido Moriyama, Mark Morrisroe, Lori Nix/Kathleen Gerber, Jack Pierson, Richard Renaldi, Laura Stevens, David Wojnarowicz, Frank Yamrus, and Marc Yankus.

“Loneliness, I began to realize, was a populated place: a city in itself.”

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