ARTPIL Profiles of the Arts
The City (And a Few Lonely People)
Through Mar 9, 2019 / ClampArt

Clarissa Bonet, “Fortress”

ClampArt is pleased to present The City (And a Few Lonely People), a group show inspired by Olivia Laing’s groundbreaking book, The Lonely City (Picador: New York City, 2016).

“You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people,” writes Olivia Laing. After an abrupt and particularly painful end to a short-lived but explosive romance, the author leaves her native England to spend time away in New York City. However, soon upon arriving, she experiences a profound, bone-deep loneliness previously unknown. The Lonely City is a searing and insightful memoir of sorts, which traces the writer’s experience of isolation in a cold, new place through the lens of a group of artists whose works reflect and ruminate upon the same emotion.

 

Clarissa Bonet, “Swelter”

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, “Tokyo (Plate 159)”

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, “Major Tom; 20 years old; Kansas City, Kansas; $20”

Considering examples from a diverse range of artists across the expanse of the 20th century from Edward Hopper to Henry Darger, Andy Warhol to David Wojnarowicz, Laing questions what it means to be lonely in our present pixelated age, and how such isolation might “drive one to consider some of the larger questions of what it is to be alive.” Part autobiography, part art history, The Lonely City is an original and erudite example of new criticism informed by personal experience and emotional intelligence akin to other maverick essayists such as Rebecca Solnit and Maggie Nelson.

 

Mark Morrisroe, “Dismal Boston Skyline”

Michael Massaia, “The Mall, 4 a.m.”

Daido Moriyama, “New York from Above” / David Armstrong, “NYC”

Lori Nix/Kathleen Gerber, “Lovers’ Leap”

ClampArt’s exhibition takes The Lonely City as a springboard and explores isolation within urban spaces through pieces by artists specifically discussed by Laing (Nan Goldin, David Wojnarowicz) and many others who traverse the same terrain. While Laing considers painters, writers, photographers, and performance artists, the show at ClampArt looks at loneliness specifically through a photographic eye concentrating on the late 20th-century to the present.

 

Laura Stevens, “Lily”

Laura Stevens, “16 December, II”

Diane Arbus, “Woman with eyeliner, NYC” / “Transvestite at her birthday party”

Jen Davis, “Maxwell Street”

Jen Davis, “Untitled No. 14”

Works on display include images by Diane Arbus, David Armstrong, John Arsenault, Clarissa Bonet, Larry Clark, Jen Davis, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Michael Massaia, Daido Moriyama, Mark Morrisroe, Lori Nix/Kathleen Gerber, Jack Pierson, Richard Renaldi, Laura Stevens, David Wojnarowicz, Frank Yamrus, and Marc Yankus.

“Loneliness, I began to realize, was a populated place: a city in itself.”

 

The City (And a Few Lonely People)
Through March 9, 2019 / ClampArt
Visit the exhibition page >

Recent Articles
Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
June 17 – September 22, 2019
With many previously unpublished works, this exhibit offers an overview of Mann’s…
With many previously unpublished works, this exhibit offers an overview of Mann’s artistic achievement as well as a…
MOMENTUM 10
The Emotional Exhibition
The biennial MOMENTUM has become one of the most exciting platforms for…
The biennial MOMENTUM has become one of the most exciting platforms for contemporary art in the region and…
Humanity in Photographs
Federal Photography Collection
The curiosity with which humans observe each other is insatiable. This exhibition…
The curiosity with which humans observe each other is insatiable. This exhibition brings this presumably universal characteristic into…
Occupy Space as Equals
Paintings of Nettle Grellier
“I want to offer the viewer a new way of being in…
“I want to offer the viewer a new way of being in which we are at ease in…
Resistance and Resilience
Fogo Island Film 2019
With international films that consider the diversity of relationships of nature and…
With international films that consider the diversity of relationships of nature and society, this series is dedicated to…
ARTPIL / Prescription .094
War & Peace, & war
France & Portugal against Spain; Russia against England; England against the U.S.;…
France & Portugal against Spain; Russia against England; England against the U.S.; England and France against the Dutch;…
László Moholy-Nagy
Through September 7, 2019
The works, spanning the early ’20s to ’40s revealing a diverse practice…
The works, spanning the early ’20s to ’40s revealing a diverse practice defying categorization, moves fluidly between disciplines…
An American in the 21st Century
Martha Rosler
In her engagement with theory, critique, and the written word, is a…
In her engagement with theory, critique, and the written word, is a concern for the operations of authoritarianism…
The City (And a Few Lonely People)
Through Mar 9, 2019 / ClampArt

Clarissa Bonet, “Fortress”

ClampArt is pleased to present The City (And a Few Lonely People), a group show inspired by Olivia Laing’s groundbreaking book, The Lonely City (Picador: New York City, 2016).

“You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people,” writes Olivia Laing. After an abrupt and particularly painful end to a short-lived but explosive romance, the author leaves her native England to spend time away in New York City. However, soon upon arriving, she experiences a profound, bone-deep loneliness previously unknown. The Lonely City is a searing and insightful memoir of sorts, which traces the writer’s experience of isolation in a cold, new place through the lens of a group of artists whose works reflect and ruminate upon the same emotion.

 

Clarissa Bonet, “Swelter”

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, “Tokyo (Plate 159)”

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, “Major Tom; 20 years old; Kansas City, Kansas; $20”

Considering examples from a diverse range of artists across the expanse of the 20th century from Edward Hopper to Henry Darger, Andy Warhol to David Wojnarowicz, Laing questions what it means to be lonely in our present pixelated age, and how such isolation might “drive one to consider some of the larger questions of what it is to be alive.” Part autobiography, part art history, The Lonely City is an original and erudite example of new criticism informed by personal experience and emotional intelligence akin to other maverick essayists such as Rebecca Solnit and Maggie Nelson.

 

Mark Morrisroe, “Dismal Boston Skyline”

Michael Massaia, “The Mall, 4 a.m.”

Daido Moriyama, “New York from Above” / David Armstrong, “NYC”

Lori Nix/Kathleen Gerber, “Lovers’ Leap”

ClampArt’s exhibition takes The Lonely City as a springboard and explores isolation within urban spaces through pieces by artists specifically discussed by Laing (Nan Goldin, David Wojnarowicz) and many others who traverse the same terrain. While Laing considers painters, writers, photographers, and performance artists, the show at ClampArt looks at loneliness specifically through a photographic eye concentrating on the late 20th-century to the present.

 

Laura Stevens, “Lily”

Laura Stevens, “16 December, II”

Diane Arbus, “Woman with eyeliner, NYC” / “Transvestite at her birthday party”

Jen Davis, “Maxwell Street”

Jen Davis, “Untitled No. 14”

Works on display include images by Diane Arbus, David Armstrong, John Arsenault, Clarissa Bonet, Larry Clark, Jen Davis, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Michael Massaia, Daido Moriyama, Mark Morrisroe, Lori Nix/Kathleen Gerber, Jack Pierson, Richard Renaldi, Laura Stevens, David Wojnarowicz, Frank Yamrus, and Marc Yankus.

“Loneliness, I began to realize, was a populated place: a city in itself.”

 

The City (And a Few Lonely People)
Through March 9, 2019 / ClampArt
Visit the exhibition page >