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CLAMPART: Boston to New York || Will McBride | Salem Suite - 14 May 2015 to 20 June 2015

Current Exhibition

14 May 2015 to 20 June 2015
Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
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Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in bed, NYC 1983
Cibachrome print
20 x 24 inches, sheet

Artists in this exhibition: David Armstrong, Nan Goldin, Mark Morrisroe, Will McBride

Group Show | Boston to New York 

ClampArt is very proud to present “Boston to New York: David Armstrong (1954-2014), Nan Goldin (b. 1953), and Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989).” These three artists largely represent the core of what has now been coined the Boston School—a group of artists who attended either the School of the Museum of Fine Arts or Massachusetts College of Art between 1971 and 1984. (Other unofficial members include Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jack Pierson, Stephen Tashjian, etc.)

Elisabeth Sussman, the Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, writes: “[T]here was, and continues to be, a consistent Boston aesthetic. . . For all of the remarkable differences among these artists, similarities emerge—a strong engagement with the direct photograph and a consistent exploration of the group of people who constitute the photographers’ social milieu and through whose lives reveal the photographers’ beliefs (that is not too strong a word) about friendship and love, sexuality, and the potential of polymorphously gendered identity.” Not only friends with a shared artistic sensibility, these photographers were also routinely the subjects of one another’s images.

Sharing a non-romantic relationship and sometimes a home over a period of decades, Nan Goldin and David Armstrong first became close friends well before college at the Satya Community School, an alternative high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at age 14. Both of them then attended the Museum School, where they eventually met Mark Morrisroe in 1977. In fact, Armstrong was a strong advocate of Morrisroe’s admission. And, Goldin remembers: “[Morrisroe] left shit in my mailbox as a gesture of friendship.”

Armstrong soon moved to New York in the late 1970s, and Goldin followed him a year later, taking an apartment just around the corner. Morrisroe would not move to the city until later in 1986—just a few years before his death to AIDS-related complications.

ClampArt brings together a broad range of diaristic photographs by these three artists from the expanse of their amazing careers. The exhibition is in honor of David Armstrong, whose untimely death came in October 2014. The immense influence of these three photographers on younger generations cannot be overstated.


Will McBride | Salem Suite

May 14 – June 20, 2015

Opening reception:
Thursday, May 14, 2015
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to present “Salem Suite”—a series of photographs by artist Will McBride (1931-2015) from 1963.

Largely remembered as a celebrated documentarian of the new generation of postwar youth and the sexual revolution in Berlin in the 1950s and 1960s, McBride regularly photographed for a number of European periodicals, including most notably “Twen.” “Twen” caused quite a scandal when they published McBride’s portraits of his pregnant wife in an issue in 1960.

Later, in 1963, the magazine commissioned the artist to shoot a photo-essay on the School of Salem Castle—long considered one of the most elite boarding schools in Europe. McBride’s images chronicle many aspects of the students’ lives from meals and lessons to athletics, but by far the most famous photograph was shot in the communal showers. “Mike wäscht mit anderen Schule Salem (Mike in the Shower, Salem)” would go on to prove to be the most iconic image of the artist’s career.

Nonetheless, working in a documentary style for the purpose of telling a multi-faceted story, McBride would shoot literally hundreds of negatives while on assignment. Whereas “Twen” published a number of photographs from the series on the School of Salem Castle, the artist’s archive contained a treasure trove of unpublished and never-before-seen images from the same assignment. The “Salem Suite,” produced in 2014 before the artist’s death, includes a total of sixteen related photographs selected by the artist, and is being exhibited for the first time in the United States at ClampArt. The “Salem Suite” images epitomize McBride’s reputation for the celebration of the energy of youth.

Will McBride was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1931, and grew up in Chicago. He studied painting under Norman Rockwell and later at the National Academy of Design in New York before earning a degree from Syracuse University in 1953. Then, from 1953 to 1955, he served in the U.S. Army at Würzburg, Germany. McBride stayed in Germany for the remainder of his life. Despite a successful career and the publication of many monographs, much of the artist’s work was never seen in the United States, as his photographs often included nudity, were usually controversial, and regularly became the subject of censorship.

The exhibition at ClampArt is accompanied by a book of the same title (Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH, Hardcover, 12 x 12 inches, 56 pages, $42).


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