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.
December 12 2014 Coraggio Invited to France
Linus Coraggio has been invited by the French Ministry of Culture to do a residency in the coastal town of Le Barcares, France—showing existing works and creating public art for the town during his stay.
In conjunction with the municipal engagement, there will also be an exhibition of Coraggio’s works at a private gallery, Maison des Arts (although the names are coincidentally similar, there is no connection with the NYC gallery that features Coraggio’s work, La Maison d’Art).
Coraggio will be in France from April 5th to May 15th, 2015; the Maison des Arts exhibit dates are TBD, but it will start sometime before the artist's arrival and continue for some time after his departure.
What's more, the show could travel to Paris and Barcelona as well (nothing final on that yet).
To keep the focus on these happenings abroad, the planners have asked us to refrain from selling Coraggio's art online until the Le Barcares exhibit is over in late spring.
We are honoring that request: while the site itself will remain active, no online sales will take place via the site starting after Christmas and continuing through, potentially, June.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions.
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.
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.