Joe Bradley, Pigpen (#2), 2010, oil on canvas, 97 × 72 inches (246.4 × 182.9 cm) © Joe Bradley. Courtesy The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT.

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Joe Bradley in "Animal Farm" at The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut.

On view May 14 through October 1, 2017.

The Brant Foundation Art Study Center is pleased to present "Animal Farm," on view from May 14, 2017 through September 2017.  "Animal Farm" is group exhibition curated by artist and musician Sadie Laska, including works from The Brant Collection and loans from museums, galleries, and other private collections. Artists in the exhibition will include pop icons Jean Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf alongside younger contemporary artists whose work speaks to the state of current politics. Artists will include Joe Bradley, Sarah Braman, Katherine Bernhardt, Keith Haring, Chris Martin, Tyson Reeder, and Kenny Scharf, among others. 

You feel a swamp. The world flattened, spun faster, capsized, and now a frog king. It’s ok to laugh. We’ve been here before.

Animal Farm is a show of works revolving around this sense of spiritual dislocation and eternal return. Since the advent of print displaced it’s representational function, fine art has existed as a history of perverted exchanges between subcultures and mass media. Mickey becomes Andy; Andy becomes a bright t-shirt.  A selection of works by Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Katherine Bernhardt, Tyson Reeder, Joe Bradley, Chris Martin, Sarah Braman and many others, sketch a story that slides from figurative iconography to totemic abstraction, charting a world in churn; in print, in space, and on canvas. Animal Farm reminds us that color is as material as culture, and that fantasy has long been a way to resist: identity, oppression, boredom. Freak out, or don’t. —Sadie Laska, 2017


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