The rent may be too damn high in New York, but that hasn’t stopped young artists from flocking to the city; it remains the art capital of the world, after all, with the world’s largest concentration of galleries (from Chelsea to the Lower East Side to the Upper East Side, not to mention Brooklyn and Queens) and art museums (such as the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art), where they all hope to show some day. With studios costing an arm and a leg, the hurdles to success here are formidable, but even so, young artists in New York manage to attract the attention of gallerists, curators and collectors with innovative work. Here are 10 doing just that.
To some people in the LGBT community, the period between the Stonewall riots and the onset of AIDS represented a Golden Age of gay culture, where the most onerous restrictions on gay life were lifted, allowing an era of unbridled sexual and personal freedom. Silano’s photos revisits those times in photo-montages of gay ephemera from the 1970s and 1980s, including appropriated images from vintage gay men’s magazine, and items like a matchbook from a leather bar. Rather than trading in nostalgia, however, Silano views his work as a way of memorializing a lost generation that included his own uncle. Born at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Silano came of age during tremendous strides for LGBT rights that culminated in the legalization of same-sex marriage. In light of that, Silano’s photos are reminders that an historical trauma still separates then from now.
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