RECAP: “Trophy Art” Curated by Melissa McCaig-Welles & Rodrigo Valles at Azart Gallery

By - Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

This heavy-hitting group exhibition, entitled “Trophy Art” and curated by Melissa McCaig-Welles and Rodrigo Valles will come to a close this evening, August 11.

“Trophy Art” boasts an all-star roster of artists with roots in graffiti and street art, each bringing to the table a prized “trophy” piece of their own style. Acting as a sort of antithesis to large-scale art festivals and shows that serve street art, graffiti and other street-inspired works on a silver platter to consumer audiences, the show as a whole highlights the impact that each of the selected artists intends to make on the world while simultaneously shunning the hype, buzz and sales-driven spirit of the high-art sphere. 

The range of artists included in “Trophy Art” is as eclectic as they come, the art varying in medium, style and message, though the overall theme of Trophy Art is transparent, as evidenced by the show’s title. For art to be considered a “trophy” piece, it must be commercialized, priced, sold and purchased, placing value on the sale rather than the meaning, statement, or process behind the finished product. This group exhibition is comprised of art that makes bold statements that speak for themselves, reminding viewers that art need not be appraised in dollars – “Trophy Art” values works in the currency of thought, emotion and passion. Twenty large works are dispersed throughout the gallery, distributed among sculpture by the inimitable Carlos Mare (Mare139), paintings by Sophie Alexia, Chizuru Kaplan, Norbert Waysberg, Elle and John Arthur Carr, among others.

This group exhibition features a diverse array of painting, sculpture and photographic works by Queen Andrea, Monique Mantell, Carlos Mare, Elle, Dan Witz, L. Mylott Manning, Rodrigo Valles, Tim Okamura, Alessandra Maria, Kathleen Vance, Zofia Bogusz, Chris Uphues, Jamie Martinez, Sophie Alexia Joly de Lotbiniere, GILF, John Arthur Carr, Vicky Barranguet, David Ortiz, David Hollier, Greg Berg, Katrina del Mar, Nick Kuszyk, Morning Breath, Jerome Lagarrigue, Norbert Waysberg, Chizuru Kaplan and Christian Jaquet.

Azart Gallery
617 W. 27th Street
NYC, NY 10001

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Photos by Bincy Stephen and Connor Beale

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