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.


July 13 2017 The Art of Linus Coraggio

Linus’ first solo show in two years will open on July 20th and run through August 31st with a closing reception on that date, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

The Art of Linus Coraggio - Art on A Gallery
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This show is a survey consisting of both painting and sculpture, most done within the last two years.

There will be documentary films about Linus—made by filmmaker Thomas W. Campbell—shown throughout the month:

  • Thursday, 8/3 6–8pm
  • Thursday, 8/10 6–8pm
  • Wednesday, 8/16 6–8pm
  • Thursday, 8/24 6–8pm

Art on A Gallery is open 12 noon–8:00 pm, Monday–Saturday. For more info visit http://www.artonagallery.com/


October 15 2014 Coraggio gets three NYC shows in October

October is a busy month for Linus Coraggio, with pieces on exhibit in three shows in New York City.

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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.


September 9 2014 Coraggio in Harlem

About 5 blocks from where Coraggio attended Music and Art High School in the late 1970s is the La Maison d’Art Gallery at 259 W 132nd Street. Through his exhibiting at a pop-up gallery, Coraggio’s work was acquired by La Maison; that led to commissions, a solo show there last fall, and a labor of love: spending much of 2013 turning the gallery’s backyard into a beautiful showplace sculpture garden.

The official inauguration of the garden was held at La Maison in November of 2013, but we have just now discovered an album of photos of the inaugural gala that La Maison had posted on Facebook shortly after the event! There are many good photos of Coraggio's pieces—not only of the 22 sculptures and furniture pieces that permanently decorate the garden but also many of the Coraggio works on display inside the gallery (including sculptures, paintings and a complete set of woodcut prints). Among the photo album's highlights are images of the huge and wild Coraggio wall mosaic that took him 8 months to complete, now adorning one of the garden walls. You can also see two Coraggio furniture pieces visible from the street out in front of the brownstone gallery—do sit in them if you stop by!

Reflecting with some surprise on the relationship he now enjoys with the gallery and that area of New York City, Coraggio commented, “When I was going to high school in Harlem, I never thought I would have anything ever to do with the [then] shell-shocked neighborhood, let alone have any chance to show art there.”

The garden is open to the public daily from 1:00–6:00 pm.

About 5 blocks from where Coraggio attended Music and Art High School in the late 1970s is the La Maison d’Art Gallery at 259 W 132nd Street. Through his exhibiting at a pop-up gallery, Coraggio’s work was acquired by La Maison; that led to commissions, a solo show there last fall, and a labor of love: spending much of 2013 turning the gallery’s backyard into a beautiful showplace sculpture garden.

The official inauguration of the garden was held at La Maison in November of 2013, but we have just now discovered an album of photos of the inaugural gala that La Maison had posted on Facebook shortly after the event! There are many good photos of Coraggio's pieces—not only of the 22 sculptures and furniture pieces that permanently decorate the garden but also many of the Coraggio works on display inside the gallery (including sculptures, paintings and a complete set of woodcut prints). Among the photo album's highlights are images of the huge and wild Coraggio wall mosaic that took him 8 months to complete, now adorning one of the garden walls. You can also see two Coraggio furniture pieces visible from the street out in front of the brownstone gallery—do sit in them if you stop by!

Reflecting with some surprise on the relationship he now enjoys with the gallery and that area of New York City, Coraggio commented, “When I was going to high school in Harlem, I never thought I would have anything ever to do with the [then] shell-shocked neighborhood, let alone have any chance to show art there.”

The garden is open to the public daily from 1:00–6:00 pm.


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:

  1. “King Chess Set” Chair
  2. “Action Figure” Mirror
  3. “Queen Chess Set” Chair
  4. “White Copper and Black Sun Queen” Chess Set
  5. “Glass Wheel” Chopper
Click here to view the full article on the Times’ website.

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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