Jimmy Wright New York Underground

June 3, 2016 - July 15, 2016

East Wing

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Jimmy Wright

Nightwatch: The Anvil

1975

graphite on paper

30 x 22 inches

Jimmy Wright

Anvil #1

1975

color ink on paper

10 1/4 x 10 3/16 inches

Jimmy Wright

Tea Room

1975

graphite on paper

22 x 30 inches

Jimmy Wright

Mid-Town Spa L.A.

1973

ink on graph paper

11 x 8 1/2 inches (approx.)

Installation View

Installation View

Jimmy Wright

Street walker with Lipstick and compact

1975

ink on paper

11 x 8 1/2 inches



Press Release

Opening reception: Friday, June 3, 6-8 PM

In the East Wing, CvsD is pleased to offer New York Underground , a selection of drawings from the 1970s by Jimmy Wright.  Made just as Wright hit New York city, these works chart his engagement with the secretive subculture of gay bathhouses and clubs, as well as the seedier – and more colorful – side of street life on the lower east side.  An insightful observer of human behavior,  deeply engaged with the scene’s action himself, he was the fascinated documentarian of a rather fleeting, often extremely erotic scene, and by the 1980s he had turned this attention inward, to his own dream-life, which he religiously charted in sketches and annotations on what he called dream-cards.  This exhibition provides an occasion for the publication of a hardback book of Wright’s drawings, compiling them together with an interview of the artist by Jim Dempsey and a context-setting essay by John Corbett.


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