“I Coulda Been a Contender” Exhibition

Marc Straus

poster for “I Coulda Been a Contender” Exhibition
[Image: Susan Rothenberg "Accident #2" (1993-94) Oil on Canvas, 66 x 125 in.]

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“I coulda been a contender!” The famous line by Terry Malloy, the washed-up boxer turned longshoreman played by Marlon Brando, epitomizes the theme of this exhibition: the focus is on the indomitable spirit, the sheer tenacity, and force of will to make a comeback.

Headlines often vaunt the winners. We see purported multi-million-dollar sales at the latest auctions, or the announcements of household names with their next big show at prestigious museums. What about the rest? Like in life, the art world is flush with sine-wave careers. The fight for most artists is very real. In a fickle industry, the trajectory of the artist’s career does not always continue to rise, yet this is not a cause to quit. What remains consistent in strong artists is the tenacity to create and a will to stay in the studio and explore one’s ideas and philosophies – to hone one’s craft. The quality of the art, in most cases, prevails. For this reason, there are great comeback stories that are worth telling.

Featuring works by Justin Allen, Richard Artschwager, Michael Brown, Sandro Chia, Sam Gilliam, Dieter Hacker, Charles Hinman, Tess Jaray, Robert C. Morgan, Rick Prol, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Susan Rothenberg, David True, and John Walker. They were and still are contenders and they are deserving of our attention. After all, all it may take is a strong left hook.

Who doesn’t love a comeback?



from May 30, 2019 to July 28, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-05-30 from 18:00 to 20:00

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