ArtNowNY is an urban contemporary art gallery located in the Chelsea arts district of New York City. Founded by Joseph Gross in 2012, the gallery focuses on the representation of a diverse stable of emerging and established artists working in variant mediums and genres. With a curatorial program that highlights the contemporary experience of aggregate cultural influence, ArtNowNY speaks to the collector in everyone. Last night, ArtNowNY held its inaugural exhibition, featuring some dynamite work.
“In life, every person plays different roles; sometimes artist, sometimes collector, other times the critic and at most times the casual observer. ArtNowNY will be a theater for all.” – Joseph Gross, Owner
For its inaugural exhibition, Art Now: A Survey of Urban Contemporary Art, cocurated by John Felix Arnold III, celebrates an expansive curatorial vision around the multifaceted work of artists whose practice is informed by urban culture. This exhibition will present a selection of 20 artists working in sculpture, photography, mixed media and painting whose work appropriately, and simultaneously, fits within the genres of “Urban” and “Contemporary” fine art. Defined by the documentation, representation or abstraction of urban-cultural iconography and iconology, Urban Contemporary work is known for its graphic, underground nature and aggregate cultural influence.
The exhibition includes the work of Jamel Shabazz, a photographer, author and Brooklyn native who has been documenting urban life for 30 years; Niagara, an artist and musician, famously known as the singer of the punk band “Destroy All Monsters”; and Michael Johnson, an emerging artist who will be presenting a holophoneous skull fabricated out of 3 lbs of gold, 16 carats of yellow diamonds, 10.5 carats of cognac diamonds and 31 carats of rubies in a piece that is a commentary on the mining trade. Other artists will include Manny Fabregas, Coby Kennedy, David Hale, D Young V, Zak Shavric, Alyssa Kazew, James Charles, Skinner, Apex, K.C. Tyler Kahn, John Felix Arnold III, Peter Gronquist, Stephanie Inagaki, Chor Boogie, Kris D., Monica Canilao and Christopher Burch.