“#RAWHIDE” | 9th May | NYC

Venus

Co-Curated by Dylan Brant & Vivian Brodie

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1982, Graphite on paper, 8.25” x 5.75”, © 1982 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1982, Graphite on paper, 8.25” x 5.75”, © 1982 Tom of Finland Foundation

Richard Avedon, Edward Curtis, Tom of Finland, Mark Flood, Dennis Hopper, Ray Johnson, Mike Kelley, Roy Lichtenstein, Bob Mizer, Richard Prince, Frederic Remington, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and many more.

The image of the cowboy in art has been transformed from its mythological beginnings in the late nineteenth to its complex identity today.  #RAWHIDE is an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and photographs that will explore art’s ability to influence our interpretation of this quintessential archetype that is the ultimate icon of the American identity.  Renowned artists have found inspiration not only in the cowboy, but also in all the possibilities of what this American symbol can be. Whether inspiring hope, fearlessness, or cliché, the multifaceted image of the Cowboy only serves to enhance his myth, and provides several interpretations and conflicts leading us to question the very foundations of our American story.

On a recent afternoon, Dylan Brant, stepson of media mogul and art collector Peter Brant, whom he refers to as “Dad”, was in the office at Venus Over Manhattan, Adam Lindemann’s gallery on the Upper East Side. Brant was preparing for a show he curated that opens next month at the gallery. Organized with Vivian Brodie, it’s called Rawhide and looks at masculine identity and cowboy imagery in art from the late 19th century to the present. -Miller, M.H., “City Slicker: Cowboy Fanatic Dylan Brant Curates Show at Venus Over Manhattan”, ArtNews, April 20, 2015.

Opening Reception: 6–8p
Through 11th July

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