On September 12th, Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be hosting a new group show curated by Yasha Young at their 529 West 20th Street location. Brotherhood will feature the works of Anders Gjennestad, Andreas Englund, David Walker, DOTDOTDOT, Ernest Zacharevic, Evoca1, Icy and Sot, James Bullough, Li-Hill, M-City, Nick Walker, Onur, Shepard Fairey, Tankpetrol and Wes21. The title chosen references the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of the mid-19th century who believed academic teaching corrupted an artist’s vision, circumstance that can be applied to many of the artists chosen to participate as many of the are self-taught and went through unconventional paths to get where they are now.
Curator Yasha Young describes – “The truth is, not much has changed when it comes to critics and institutions accepting new ideas. We are still caught within rigid frameworks and the need to justify ‘good’ art with the presence of an art school education overshadows the strength and talent of many contemporary artists. Techniques arising from the underground might be excepted if they come with already established monetary success, which is also only reserved for a few. However, change can happen by showing work amongst peers, supporting each other’s work and extending the creative exchange far beyond intellectual or geographical borders.”
Discuss James Bullough here.