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Something Beautiful at Marianne Boesky

Earlier this month, Marianne Boesky Gallery opened a show by curators Nicolas Wagner and Khary Simon of CRUSHfanzine around the idea of youth. Taking inspiration from the artist Sue de Beer, Wagner and Simon gathered works by Jeff Burton, Keith Edmier, Roe Ethridge, Deana Lawson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya , Xaviera Simmons, Dorothée Smith, Eva Stenram, Eric Stephany, Wu Tsang and more. Each artist explores the state of flux between childhood and adulthood.

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Drape VII (2012), Eva Stenram, lambda print on fiber based black-white paper
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

We asked de Beer and the curators about their understanding or working definition of age:

Simon and Wagner: A collective memory of youth can be created through a series of images which each describe a moment we can relate to. We think the concept of youth is a multi-facted ideal that should be explored through different moments of reflection. The reflective moments are fragmented and at times hazy, however collectively they begin to form a crystallized memory. There were times, when putting the show together, we would search until we found specific pieces that summoned specific ideals of youth. Whether based in fantasy, sensuality or reality we sought to articulate the voyage within youth with pieces that hit the right note.

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Untitled (2013), Sue de Beer, c-print
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

 de Beer:  Human bodies are fragile and real, and they age, thank god. Life would be so boring if it was static. I like the way artists and musicians age because they carry the eroticism of radicality on their faces and bodies.

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Otisha (2014
), Deana Lawson, pigment print
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery
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Something Beautiful is on view at Marianne Boesky Gallery until December 20th, 2014.

 

text by: Michael Valinsky










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