January 27 2019 Coraggio curates 80s show at Contra Galleries
Whitehot Magazine and Contra Galleries present
The Art of New York: 1980s
The work of both late and living legends of 1980s New York City street art, graffiti and other seminal styles of urban work has been assembled by curator Linus Coraggio—sculptor, painter and instigator of the notorious Rivington School and Gas Station spaces in the 80s/90s Lower East Side underground art scene.
The creative luminaries featured include living pioneers such as Fab 5 Freddy, LA2 (Angel Ortiz), Al Diaz (SAMO©) and Rick Prol; as well as departed masters like Richard Hambleton, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and FA-Q; along with other surprise notables.
The premise of the show is to exhibit the famous alongside significant but lesser-known artists of the period.
“Expect to be blown away,” says Coraggio.
Opens February 1st and runs through mid-February.
Opening Press Preview (general public welcome): February 1st • 6-9 pm (click here to see Facebook event)
Opening gala: February 13th • 6-9 pm (click here to see Facebook event).
For info or appointments call (610) 613-4914.
General gallery hours M–F 12–6 pm.
October 15 2014 Coraggio gets three NYC shows in October
October 14 2014 New York Paris Dream
“New York Paris Dream” is an upcoming four-person show at the Elena Ab Gallery. Opening this Friday, October 17, it features a young French painter and Coraggio as the only sculptor. Linus will have several new abstract sculptures in the show as well as a new outdoor exhibit in front of the gallery: a sculptural bench and chair. These two outdoor furniture pieces will be on 24-hour display at the gallery indefinitely.
October 14 2014 The L.E.S. Scene: Then and Now
“The L.E.S. Scene: Then and Now”—which opens this Thursday and runs through the rest of the month—is a survey of artists that were active on the Lower East Side in the 80s, many of whom are still around, living and working in the area.
Coraggio’s “Forged Figurative Gear” candlestick will be exhibited—the only piece in the show to be displayed on a pedestal on the gallery floor, the rest being hung on the walls.
October 14 2014 (S)HE IS STILL HER(E)
Downtown NYC curator Johnny V invited Coraggio to participate in this homage to Lady Jaye—a Lower East Side fixture for a good twenty years or so, who passed away in 2007. Johnny said they were looking for “socio-sexual content” (which is certainly the most fitting tribute to Lady Jaye), so Linus contributed a piece entitled “Pussy”—an assemblage wall relief he originally created for a group show at The Gershwin Hotel in 1990 called “Sex, Death and Religion” (a reaction to the sort of second wave of Jesse Helms/Nancy Reagan-driven anti-sex and anti-art hysteria).
The opening night festivities are already over, but the artworks will remain up for about a month.
July 16 2014 Coraggio Works Featured in NY Times Article
On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, works by Linus Coraggio were featured in the photo triptych that accompanied the New York Times’ coverage of the opening of the new Buddy Warren Inc. shop at 171 Chrystie St. on the Lower East Side.
Five Coraggio pieces were included in the photograph:
- “King Chess Set” Chair
- “Action Figure” Mirror
- “Queen Chess Set” Chair
- “White Copper and Black Sun Queen” Chess Set
- “Glass Wheel” Chopper
June 26 2014 Exhibition: “METAGLYPHIC”
The exhibition will be open to the public from June 26–Aug 17, 2014, with an opening reception on Thursday, June 26, 7:00–9:00 pm.
From the gallery's press release about the exhibition:
Scrap-art master Coraggio creates symbolic structures in steel and other debris, where welded elements (tools, utensils and other welded artifacts) also form a personal language and function as compelling visual tropes within the larger forms; sometimes these symbols are obvious, such as the hammer in the “Soviet chair” sculpture, and other times more obliquely evocative as in the welded screens with concentric loops that echo [Ken] Hiratsuka’s spirals and megalithic rock art.
To read the entire press release, click here.