exhibitions



SOLO EXHIBITION
REBECCA WARD

OPENING RECEPTION, JUNE 1ST, 6-8PM
JUNE 1 - AUGUST 11, 2017

FLAG ART FOUNDATION
545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Is not the most erotic portion of a body where the garment gapes? In perversion (which is the realm of textual pleasure) there are no “erogenous zones” (a foolish expression, besides); it is intermittence, as psychoanalysis has so rightly stated, which is erotic: the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing (trousers and sweater), between two edges (the open-necked shirt, the glove, and the sleeve); it is this flash itself which seduces, or rather: the staging of an appearance-as-disappearance.
-Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text [1]


The FLAG Art Foundation is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition by Rebecca Ward, featuring new paintings and small-scale sculptures, on view June 1 - August 11, on its 10th floor gallery.

Drawing inspiration from Minimalism, hard-edge painting, and Arte Povera, Ward’s banded, sewn, and deconstructed canvases explore the rich territory between sculpture and painting. Materiality and process are central to her practice, specifically the wall works, which evoke “architectural garments” ripped, unwoven, and re-stitched from flesh-toned canvas duck, leather hide, and silk organza. In her canvas works, the artist painstakingly removes the weft (horizontal) threads of the fabric to reveal the underlying stretcher bars, highlighting the physical structure of the painting itself.

Surface gives way to structure in theory of tides, 2017, and harmonic analysis, 2017, wherein planes of canvas converge at contrast-colored and machine-sewn seams, juxtaposing the precision of hard-edge painting with the presence of handiwork. This juncture, a meeting of varied fabrics and textures, creates subtle shifts in color and shadow, and becomes the hinge on which these works pivot between two dimensional paintings and three dimensional objects. In the artist’s transparent and stitched painting, the infinite use of finite means, 2017, (and other pieces from the series) linear forms create ambiguous, figurative shapes, suggestive of the body.

In the center of the gallery, the artist presents a constellation of geometric sculptures that allude to Utopian cityscapes, reminiscent of the International and Brutalist architectural styles of early to mid-20th century. In these sculptures, marble and plaster substitute the béton brut (raw concrete) championed by Louis Kahn and Le Corbusier. In anthropomorphism, 2017, Ward explores the architecture and abstraction of language through repetition and disintegration of plaster casts of a single letter. Alternating bands of stone form the stacked sculpture, permission structures, 2017. Permission structures is a suggestive title, but the term itself is commonly used in politics and marketing as a tactic to turn people’s opinion favorably in their direction. The title also suggests a power play between words – a subversion of opposing dynamics. Ward’s artworks contain such contradictions; they reveal and obscure, and by their nature, entice viewers to closely investigate contrasts in line and material, modulations in color, and multi-dimensional layers.


About:
Rebecca Ward (b. 1984, Waco, TX) is a painter and sculptor living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Ward earned an MFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, in 2012, and a BA at the University of Texas at Austin, TX, in 2006. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions, including aphasia, Ronchini Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2015); indulgences, Exchiesetta, Polignano a Mare, Italy (2015); Artgenève, Luxembourg & Dayan, Geneva, Switzerland (2015); among others. Ward’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Eastwing Biennial: Artificial Realities, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, United Kingdom (2016); Making & Unmaking, curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Art Centre, London, United Kingdom (2016); The Tim Sayer Bequest, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, United Kingdom (2016); Space Between, curated by Stephanie Roach & Louis Grachos, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (2015); Post-Analog Painting, The Hole, New York, NY (2015); The Shaped Canvas, Revisited, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, NY (2014); among others. She has been the subject of reviews and articles in Artcritical, The Brooklyn Rail, Interview Magazine, Hyperallergic, New American Painting, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue among others.

[1] Roland Barthes, ‘Where the Garment Gapes’, extract from Pleasure of the Text, 1975, reproduced in ed. Malcolm Barnard, Fashion Theory: A Reader, London: Routledge, 2007, p. 601.


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13 RUE DE NEVERS
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RONCHINI GALLERY
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SHANDAKEN PROJECT
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572 WASHINGTON STREET
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UNDERDONK
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DECEMBER 9, 2016 - JANUARY 29, 2017
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1329 WILLOUGHBY AVE #211
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BROOKLYN, NY
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UNTITLED ART FAIR
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NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 4TH, 2016
BOOTH A13
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MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

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BENEFIT AUCTION: HARPER'S BAZAAR UK
BENEFITTING WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL UK
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THROUGH OCTOBER 26TH 2016

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FREEZE FOR FRIEZE
BENEFITTING ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
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FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER, 2016
26 OLD BOND STREET
LONDON

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CURATED BY TIM BLANKS
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GROUP EXHIBITION: ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL SOMEONE GETS BURNT
MANHATTAN LOFT GALLERY
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30TH SEPTEMBER - 13 OCTOBER 2016
65 HOPTON STREET
LONDON

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OPEN SPACE CONTEMPORARY
CURATED BY BURCU YUKSEL AND HUMA KABAKCI

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RESIDENCY: SHANDAKEN PROJECT AT STORM KING
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SEPTEMBER 2015
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STORM KING ART CENTER
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GROUP EXHIBITION: SUMMER FLING
THE BARN SHOW
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9TH JULY - 31ST JULY, 2016
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JOHANNES VOGT
EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK
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GROUP EXHIBITION: MAKING AND UNMAKING
CURATED BY DURO OLOWU

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19TH JUNE - 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2016
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CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE
LONDON

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GROUP EXHIBITION: THE TIM SAYER BEQUEST
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30TH APRIL - 9TH OCTOBER, 2016
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THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD
WAKEFIELD, UK
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DALLAS ART FAIR
WITH GIANPIETRO CARLESSO AND PAOLO SERRA
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APRIL 14TH - APRIL 17TH, 2016
BOOTH G11
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RONCHINI GALLERY

DALLAS, TEXAS
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BENEFIT AUCTION: MTV RE:DEFINE
BENEFITTING DALLAS CONTEMPORARY & MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION
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MARCH 25TH - APRIL 9TH, 2016
DALLAS CONTEMPORARY
DALLAS, TEXAS

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CURATED BY NEVILLE WAKEFIELD

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BENEFIT AUCTION: BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
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MARCH 16TH - MARCH 31ST, 2016
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CLOSING EXHIBITION
BRIDGET DONAHUE GALLERY
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
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GROUP EXHIBITION: 3 SHIFTS
WITH MERNET LARSEN AND GARTH EVANS
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OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH, 2016, 6PM-8PM
MARCH 4TH - MARCH 26TH, 2016
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JOHANNES VOGT GALLERY
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
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GROUP EXHIBITION: EAST WING BIENNIAL, ARTIFICIAL REALITIES
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JANUARY 2016 - JUNE 2017
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COURTAULD INSTITUTE OF ART
SOMERSET HOUSE
LONDON
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GROUP EXHIBITION: WORD BY WORD
ARTGENEVE
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JANUARY 27TH - JANUARY 31ST, 2016
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LUXEMBOURG & DAYAN

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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GROUP EXHIBITION: DES/CONEXIONES
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OCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 27, 2015
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IMPAKTO GALLERY
LIMA, PERU
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SOLO EXHIBITION: APHASIA
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OPENING RECEPTION: OCTOBER 8, 2015, 6PM-8PM
OCTOBER 9 - DECEMBER 5, 2015
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RONCHINI GALLERY
LONDON
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GROUP EXHIBITION: DIPHTHONG
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OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 6PM-8PM
SEPTEMBER 29 - NOVEMBER 14, 2015
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SHIRLEY FITERMAN ART CENTER
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
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GROUP EXHIBITION: SURFACE TENSION
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OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 6PM-8PM
SEPTEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 12, 2015
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THE FLAG ART FOUNDATION
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
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PRESS: INTERVIEW MAGAZINE
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GROUP EXHIBITION: FUTURE PERFECT
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OPENING RECEPTION: JULY 31, 2015, 6PM-8PM
JULY 31 - AUGUST 23, 2015
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PHILIP BLOOM GALLERY
NANTUCKET, MA

117 ORANGE STREET
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GROUP EXHIBITION: SURPH - THE BARN SHOW
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OPENING RECEPTION: JULY 18, 2015, 6PM-8PM
JULY 18 - JULY 26, 2015
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THE BARN
EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK
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SOLO EXHIBITION: INDULGENCES
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OPENING RECEPTION: JULY 4, 2015, 7PM-9PM
JULY 4 - SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
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EXCHIESETTA
POLIGNANO A MARE, ITALY
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GROUP EXHIBITION: SPACE BETWEEN
CURATED BY LOUIS GRACHOS AND STEPHANIE ROACH
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OPENING RECEPTION: JUNE 3, 2015, 6PM-8PM
JUNE 3 - AUGUST 14, 2015
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THE FLAG ART FOUNDATION
545 WEST 25TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY
PRESS: ARTCRITICAL
PRESS: BROOKLYN RAIL
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PRESS: HYPERALLERGIC
PRESS: AUJOURD'HUI
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ART BRUSSELS
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APRIL 25TH - 27TH, 2015

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RONCHINI GALLERY
BOOTH 3D34
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RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP: YADDO
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APRIL 2015
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK
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BENEFIT AUCTION: BALLET HOUSTON
CURATED BY BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH, 2015
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HOUSTON, TEXAS
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SOLO EXHIBITION: ARTGENEVE
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JANUARY 29TH - FEBRUARY 1ST, 2015
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LUXEMBOURG & DAYAN
STAND C23

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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ARTE FIERA
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JANUARY 23RD - 26TH, 2015
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BIBO'S PLACE
STAND B72
BOLOGNA, ITALY
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GROUP EXHIBITION: JANUARY
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OPENING RECEPTION JAN 15TH, 6:00-8:00PM

JAN 15TH, 2015 – FEB 14TH, 2015
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MIXED GREENS
526 WEST 26TH STREET, FIRST FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY
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SOLO BOOTH: UNTITLED
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DECEMBER 3RD - 7TH, 2014

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RONCHINI GALLERY
MIAMI BEACH

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INTERVIEW: HERO MAGAZINE
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GROUP EXHIBITION: SPOTLIGHT
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OPENING RECEPTION NOV 21ST, 6:30-8:30PM

NOV 21ST, 2014 – JAN 3RD, 2015
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BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY
4411 MONTROSE BLVD
HOUSTON, TX
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GROUP EXHIBITION: ALL THAT MATTERS IS WHAT'S LEFT BEHIND
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OPENING RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 18TH, 6:00-8:00PM

SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2045 – NOVEMBER 8TH, 2014
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RONCHINI GALLERY
22 DERING STREET
LONDON, UK
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PRESS
MODERN PAINTERS
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GROUP EXHIBITION: THE SHAPED CANVAS, REVISITED
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OPENING RECEPTION MAY 11TH, 6-8PM
MAY 13TH JULY 3RD, 2014
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LUXEMBOURG & DAYAN
64 EAST 77th STREET
NEW YORK CITY
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GROUP EXHIBITION: MATERIAL IMAGES
CURATED BY NATE HITCHCOCK
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OPENING MARCH 6TH
MARCH 6TH - APRIL 5TH, 2014
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VOGT GALLERY
NEW YORK CITY

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ART13 LONDON
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FEBRUARY 27TH - MARCH 2ND, 2014
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RONCHINI GALLERY
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REVIEW: NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS
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PRESS
NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS: NOVEMBER PICKS
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SOLO EXHIBITION: SHUCKED & SILKED
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OCTOBER 25TH - NOVEMBER 30TH, 2013
ARTIST RECEPTION:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, 6:30 - 8:30PM
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BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY
HOUSTON, TEXAS

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GROUP EXHIBITION: EXPERIMENT. STUDIO
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OPENING SEPTEMBER 27TH, 7PM
EXHIBITION RUNS THROUGH NOVEMBER 3RD, 2013
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APERTO GALLERY
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
190000 PIROGOVA LANE, 3RD FLOOR

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BENEFIT AUCTION: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT
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SEPTEMBER 5TH - SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2013
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN
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SOLO EXHIBITON: CROCODILE TEARS
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OPENING AUGUST 31ST, 2013
AUGUST 31ST - SEPTEMBER 31ST, 2013
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EAST HAMPTON SHED
30 BLUE JAY WAY
EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK
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DIRECTORS: NATE HITCHCOCK AND HADLEY VOGEL
THE SHED BEHIND THE VOGEL BINDERY

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GROUP EXHIBITON: THIRTHEEN TWENTY THREE
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JUNE 14TH, 2013, 7PM
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964 DEAN STREET
BROOKLYN, NY
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TWO PERSON EXHIBITION: REBECCA WARD + CARLA ACCARDI
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OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 18TH, 2013, 12:00 NOON
MAY 18TH - SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2013
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BIBO'S PLACE
PIAZZA GARIBALDI, 7

TODI, ITALY

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RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP:
ATELIER ALIGHIERO BOETTI
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MAY 2013
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TODI, ITALY
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recent press
ART TRIBUNE
ART WEDNESDAY
THE ART NEWSPAPER
ARTINFO
GARAGE MAGAZINE (interview)
THE UPCOMING
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SOLO EXHIBITION: COW TIPPING
OPENING THURSDAY APRIL 11TH, 6-8PM
12 APRIL - 18 MAY 2013
RONCHINI GALLERY + ARTNESIA, 22 DERING STREET, LONDON

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MY PAINTINGS WILL BE WITH RONCHINI GALLERY AT ART13 LONDON
MARCH 1-3, 2013
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ARTE FIERA
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JANUARY 25-28TH, 2013
RONCHINI GALLERY
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BOLOGNA, ITALY
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GROUP EXHIBITION: 239 DAYS
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OPENING JANUARY 4TH
CURATED BY STEPHEN MAINE
ALLEGRA LAVIOLA GALLERY
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179 EAST BROADWAY
NEW YORK, NY
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FAIR: MIAMI PROJECT
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DECEMBER 4-9, 2012
VISUAL ARTS GALLERY
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MIAMI, FL

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GROUP EXHIBITION: TIME AFTER TIME
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OPENING RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 5TH
SEPTEMBER 5TH - OCTOBER 4TH
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RONCHINI GALLERY
22 DERING ST
LONDON, UK
CURATED BY ARTNESIA
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GROUP EXHIBITION: ON PAPER
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SEPTEMBER 21 - NOVEMBER 9, 2012
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GALERIA YUSTO/GINER
MARBELLA, SPAIN
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PRESS: DOMUS
THE VIRGINS AT FAMILY BUSINESS
FEBRUARY 2012
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SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS
2012 MASTERS OF FINE ARTS
OPEN STUDIOS
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THURS. APR 26TH, 5-9PM
FRI. APR 27, NOON-8PM
SAT. APR 28, NOON-6PM
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133 WEST 21ST ST
NEW YORK, NY
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MFA THESIS EXHIBITION: JUST THE TIP
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ORGANIZED BY MIKE EGAN
SVA VISUAL ARTS GALLERY
FEB 24, 2012 - MARCH 10, 2012
RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST, 6-8PM
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601 WEST 26TH STREET, 15TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY
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GROUP EXHIBITION: THE WAY BEYOND ART
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WATTIS INSTITUTE
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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INSTALLATION: STELLA MCCARTNEY
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SOHO FLAGSHIP
112 GREENE STREET
NEW YORK, NY

(ONGOING)
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GROUP EXHIBITION: ELBOW ROOM
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NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 21, 2011
SVA WESTSIDE GALLERY
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133 WEST 21 STREET
NEW YORK, NY
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