Pride month isn’t just about fun parades and rainbows on everything. It’s also a time to reflect on all the queer heroes who have shaped and continue to steer our world and our culture.
LGBTQIA+ artists, musicians, designers, activists, politicians and entrepreneurs move the needle of America (and therefore the globe), and June is a month when we can all celebrate their achievements—that’s why Carlton Fine Arts Ltd., at 543 Madison Ave., has opened its third floor to showcase queer pop artists of yesterday and today all month long.
Queer Art 1950’s-2021 is a technicolor trip through the past and present. Major pop art icons are on display, from pop art king Andy Warhol to NYC graffiti legend Keith Haring. Come to Carlton’s third floor to see rare works, including Warhol’s Wizard of Oz call back "The Witch," created in 1981, as well as his vibrant 1986 screen print "General Custer."
Two "Untitled" works of Haring’s will be on display, as well as pieces by NYC-based, mixed media graffiti artist Heather Fazzino, daughter of 3D pop artist Charles Fazzino. She’s spotlighting her 2021 work titled "Pride Herstory" and another from 2020 titled Fragile.
"The Witch" by Andy Warhol.
There are also new pieces from Chinese conceptual artist Linjie Deng, created specifically for this exhibition, including a queer take on Superman titled "Super Gay." Queer ally and king of color Romero Britto helps round out the exhibit with sculptures covered in his signature primary patterns.
All the works included in this exhibit are available for purchase, so you can witness history and bring a piece home with you.
Queer Art 1950’s-2021 runs now through July 1. The gallery is open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Carlton is closed on Saturdays, but those interested in coming by outside of open hours can schedule an appointment via Carlton’s website.
Learn more about the show at Carltonfa.com, and see select images of the works below.