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

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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