Ward of the State: Tony Ward Artists’ Muse at Rivera & RiveraJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Ward of the State: Tony Ward, Artists’ Muse, a group exhibition curated by Robert Standish of works centered on shared muse, highlights a diverse collection of images by artists whose lives and careers have at various points been impacted by Ward, as subject, muse and myth.
The show, opening at Rivera & Rivera this Saturday, May 21, will feature works by Juxtapoz photo editor Estevan Oriol, Greg Gorman, Steven Klein, Patrick Hoelck, Patrick Martinez, Herb Ritts, RETNA, Tony Ward, Paul Rusconi, Bruce Weber, Robert Standish, Michael Gregg Michaud, Jules Muck, Rick Castro, Christoph Schmidberger, Ray Turner, Maya Mercer and Tony Ward.
Rivera & Rivera writes, "Ranging from the 1980s to the present, Ward of the State will feature paintings, photographs, and works in other media based on Tony Ward’s role as a visual icon. Through their respective mediums, each artist communicates a different facet of a man not easily defined. As a collective work of art, Ward of the State reveals Ward as the embodiment of ideals of masculinity, beauty, brutality, fashion, and sexual ambiguity.
"As striking and strongly featured as his face and physique are, Ward serves as a blank canvas for the artists to reinterpret and immortalize his essence and persona for their own artistic devices."
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Ward of the State: Tony Ward, Artists’ Muse
Opens May 21—June 20, 2011
Rivera & Rivera
Los Angeles, California