New Discretions is pleased to present The Canon, an online solo exhibition of recent works by Lucky DeBellevue. About 100 years ago, a mischievous Oxford student devised the simple but elegant prank of debagging. In England, baggy pants were known as bags, and became common to yank them down as a practical joke. Americans updated the designation to depantsing, which has remained part of the lexicon of gambades ever since. There is even a depantsing category on YouPorn. Best known for his chenille stem constructions and his block-printed pistachio-adorned canvases, this is the premiere of a more figurative language for the artist. “One day I was looking at different images on my computer,” says Lucky, “and there was Munch. I had forgotten that I downloaded a photo taken of him nude in the forest. There was something vulnerable and sincere about it.” He drew this image, which served at a touchstone for a series portraits of iconic male artists—members of the Western art canon—all white, mostly straight. Some of these images are taken from actual photos—Eakins was especially fond of nude self-portraits—while others are imagined whims. Some works employ DeBellevue’s signature block-printing subtly within the composition. And while some gentleman are harnessed with diminutive nethers and their depictions are exclusively with their pants down, there is a a certain earnestness and dignity to be found. Still, the patriarchy is quite literally depantsed. These works will also be part of the Tom of Finland Foundation’s 25th annual Art & Culture Festival. -- Lucky DeBellevue is a New York based artist. One person exhibitions of his work include Weiss Falk (Basel), Feature, Inc. (New York), Kai Matsumiya (New York), Hacienda (Zurich), Björkholmen Gallery (Stockholm), The Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris (New York), and NGBK, Realimus Studio (Berlin). His work has been included in institutional group exhibitions such as Museum Ludwig (Cologne), The Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), PS 1 Institute for Contemporary Art (Long Island City, NY), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (San Francisco, CA), The Akron Art Museum (Akron, Ohio), and Galeria d’Arte’ Moderna (Bologna). HIs work has appeared in numerous New York gallery group exhibitions including Sperone Westwater, Andrew Kreps, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, and White Columns. Other group exhibitions include Francesca Pia (Zurich), Stephen Friedman (London), Maisterravalbuena Gallery (Madrid), and PSM (Berlin). Reviews of his work have appeared in Artforum, Flash Art, Art in America and the New York Times. Among his honors are The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and the Versailles Foundation Munn Artist Program in Giverny, France.
THINGS ON WALLS
Justin Adian, Walt Cassidy, Peter Clough, Graham Collins, Lucky DeBellevue, Double Vision (Agathe Snow & Marianne Vitale), Paul Gabrielli, Christina Kruse, Cary Leibowitz, Jillian Mayer, Robert Melee, Douglas Rieger, Diana Shpungin, Trish Tillman, Unknown, Gabriela Vainsencher AFFECTIVE CARE Ongoing By appointment only https://www.artsy.net/show/new-discretions-things-on-walls https://brooklynrail.org/2020/05/artseen/Things-on-Walls Featuring a wide a variety of mediums - ceramics, wood, cast paper, resin, metal, video - this exhibition explores sculpture. On walls. We have cheated a little, as two objects utilize shelves. And one is floor-based. One is even a painting. Still, they are things on walls. * * * New Discretions is an art advisory and curatorial project by Benjamin Tischer of INVISIBLE-EXPORTS. Affective Care is a functioning office space, drawing from cutting edge research and developments in multiple fields to offer a wide range of services and treatments for psychiatric health, mental well-being, attention, and clear thought. Visits are by appointment only. For more information, email: email@example.com.
1a: individual choices or judgments left the decision to his discretion
b: power of free decisions or latitudes of choice within certain legal bounds reached the age of discretion
2: the qualities of having or showing discernment or good judgment : the qualities of being discreet : CIRCUMSPECTION especially : cautious reserve in speech
3: abilities to make responsible decisions
4: the result of separating or distinguishing