Opening Reception: Thursday, June 6, 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: June 6 - June 30, 2019

7 Franklin Place

New York, NY 10013


May 25, 2019

For Immediate Release:

NYA Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition focused on the theme of brilliance, as curated by Shane Townley. In media ranging from painting to sculpture to skateboards, over twenty artists will examine the formal properties of light and illumination as well as consider the idea of artistic genius or brilliance. Throughout the history of art, artists have manipulated light in order to suggest or symbolize intellectual enlightenment, spiritual awakening, and a host of other representational purposes. In addition to exploring the nature of light, the cultural producers assembled for this exhibition will probe contemporary notions of the artist, the practitioner, the creator. Overall, they present a multiplicity of responses to this historic discourse and shed new light on how we think about the role of the artist in the twenty-first century. In Rafael Colon’s masterful appropriation of Gustav Klimt’s infamous painting The Kiss (1907-08), he re-positions the subjects of the original painting onto a skateboard, thereby merging the realms of fine art and street culture. Colon’s work and larger artistic practice prompts us to contemplate the role the artist plays in experimenting with new media and challenging constructed hierarchies of themes and materials.

Artists in the show include: Andrea Alonso, Kate Barnett, Miri Baruch, Gel Apollo, Elda Bellone, Lisa Cardenas, Rafael Colon, Fiorentina De Biasi, Cynthia Pareja Dupin, Deana Evefeeva, Andrew & Jessica Felix, Melissa Fernandes, Ditte KrÆyer Frederiksen, Neelum Nand, Stefano Genzone, Scott Gillis, Jennifer L. Gray & Phillip Johnson, Christie Helm, Petra Juric, Lori Keenan, Jill Keller, Mai Kobayashi, Addison Kupina, Deana Landry, Carol Levin, Jonathan Lindsay, Alexander Luferchik, Heather Lynn, Linda Manguiat-Herzog, Linda Meyer, Randy Mosley,  Roberto Banda Ochoa, Crystal Pereira, Sherry Arndt Preziuso, Debra Robertson, Sangie, Tiberio Savonuzzi, monney simone, Patka Slosiar, Jola Soares, Sinead Vaughan-Tompson, Galina Vinokurova, Katy Parks Wilson, and Robert Xeno.

Rafael Colon, Klimt’s The Kiss. Skateboard, 8 x 30 inches.

The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, June 6th with a reception from 6-9pm. After the reception, there will be an after-party for artists, curators, collectors, and patrons at the nearby Roxy Hotel, located between Walker and White Streets on 6th Avenue. The show will remain on view until Sunday, June 30th. Visitors may see works during regular gallery hours: Monday through Sunday, 12-5pm. For more information, please call (917) 472-9015 or email press@newyorkart.com.