Luis Frangella & Russell Sharon: A Life in Art
Luis Frangella and Russell Sharon met in Boston in 1974. The following year they moved to New York City together, where both artists developed their multifaceted practices ranging from painting and sculpture, to large scale installation, set design, and ceramic work. All of which blends together in a neo-expressionist harmony, further imprinting the strong connection between Sharon and Frangella.
The exhibition, "Luis & Russell: A Life in Art," celebrates this enduring relationship between these two artists, through works created by both Frangella and Sharon beginning in the 1980s, it explores their influential roles in the East Village art and club scene, their friendships with fellow artists, and occasional collaborators, including; Keiko Bonk, Stephen Lack, Judy Glantzman, David Wojnarowicz, Jean Foos, Walter Robinson, Bobby G, Eric Rhein, Martin Wong, Manuela Filiaci, Mike Bidlo, and Rick Prol among many others. The exhibition also invites consideration of how Sharon and Frangella as well as their community were impacted by the fading energy and enthusiasm of that era as AIDS decimated their lives with the death of Frangella in 1990, and how Sharon's artistic focus shifted and changed since his loss of Frangella, followed by their close friend David Wojnarowicz's death in 1992.