Coraggio News

January 27 2019 Coraggio curates 80s show at Contra Galleries

Whitehot Magazine and Contra Galleries present

The Art of New York: 1980s

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.

Contra Galleries, 122 W 26th St., Floor 5.

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 1 2016 Coraggio in Holiday Show

Wendigo 4th Annual Holiday Show
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Coraggio works will be featured in Wendigo Productions’ 4th Annual Holiday Show at Art on A Gallery, December 8th–December 29th.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday, December 8th from 8 to 10PM.

For more info visit artonagallery.com/exhibitions or call 212.300.4418.


September 20 2015 Coraggio featured in duo show in upstate NY

A two-person show featuring the work of Linus Coraggio and Chris Glembotzky will open on September 26th, 2015 at All Buenos Gallery, 28 Eastern Parkway in Arlington, New York. The opening gala will take place from 10 am to 10 pm, and the exhibit will run at the gallery until January 1st, 2016. This show marks Coraggio’s third duo show since 1985.

Christopher Glembotzky's work is currently large- and medium-sized digital prints of collage-like still lifes that evoke a Joseph-Cornel-meets-Tim-Burton aesthetic.

Linus Coraggio sculpts by cutting, bending and welding found metal into abstract or representational sculptures, mobiles and furniture. His work fuses the canon of great 20th-century American abstract sculptors with his own punk-rock and recycling style.

Both artists attended SUNY purchase and cut their teeth professionally in the NYC/East Village art scene of the 1980s and ’90s.

For further information contact (347) 355-1988


May 11 2015 Coraggio Opening at Elena Ab Gallery, Friday 05/15/15

Coraggio Opening 05-15-15 at Elena Ab Gallery, Tribeca
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Elena Ab Gallery at 185 Church street in Tribeca presents a retrospective show spanning three decades of Linus Coraggio's abstract and representational sculpture. Coraggio, a New York City native, is one of the pioneers of the early 1980s downtown street art movement; the magazine Art In America has credited him with inventing a genre of street art called “3-D Graffiti.”

Coraggio has exhibited both in the US and abroad, including projects in Japan, Scandinavia, Austria and a 2016 commission in France.

He founded the erstwhile art space/performance venue Gas Station (also known as Space 2B for its location at Ave. B & E 2nd St.), and is a co-founder of the “Rivington School” art movement—both seminal downtown epicenters of art activity and sprawling sculptural installation in the 1980s and 1990s).

The show includes paintings, woodcut prints and sculptural furniture.

It opens at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 15, 2015
(opening gala ’til 9:00 PM)
and runs through June 30, 2015.

The gallery hours are:

Mondays: 1:00–4:00 pm; Tuesdays–Sundays: 12 noon–8:00 pm;
and by appointment: (917) 691-5647.

For more info visit http://abgallerytribeca.com/.


December 12 2014 Coraggio Invited to France

Le Barcarès, France
Le Barcarès, France

Linus Coraggio has been invited by the French Ministry of Culture to do a residency in the coastal town of Le Barcares, Franceshowing 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.

Maison des Arts, Le Barcarès, France 
Maison des Arts, Le Barcarès, France

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.


June 26 2014 Exhibition: “METAGLYPHIC”

Sculpture by Linus Coraggio will be featured in “Metaglyphic”, an exhibition presented by The Elena Ab Gallery, 185 Church Street in New York City (TriBeCa).

Linus Coraggio with Elena Ab
Linus Coraggio with Elena Ab

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.


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