June 28–August 24, 2018


Yossi Milo Gallery
245 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY, 10001
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Left Image: Pérez, Elle. Ian, 2017/2018. ©Elle Pérez, Courtesy of 47 Canal, New York. Right Image: Angus, Patrick. Portrait of Rob Stuart, 1990. © Douglas Blair Turnbaugh, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Fuchs


Artists' Reception: June 28, 2018, 6:00–8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–6pm


Intimacy, curated by Stephen Truax, traces the presentation of intimate relationships over the course of forty years in painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and works on paper.

Intimacy focuses on the 1980s through the early 1990s, and the present decade, two key timeframes marked by dramatic social change: The former by the tragedy of the AIDS crisis, the latter by increasing public acceptance of LGBTQ-identified communities and medical advances in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In these two periods, the exhibition links disparate formal and conceptual approaches to themes of love, loss, and interrelation. From Paul Cadmus' drawing from the late 1970s, to works made for this exhibition, such as Kristen Jensen's site-specific ceramic and fabric sculpture, these works celebrate the seemingly unremarkable moments of everyday lives lived together.

Intimacy proposes that this group of nearly forty artists from both time periods turn inward to personal experience and to the expression of individual identity as a political gesture. Exploring complex relationships - sex, sexuality, and the body - and how those relationships are necessarily affected by intersectional identities, the artists are from widely diverse backgrounds across race, gender identity, age, sexual orientation and nationality.

While a rise in activist and protest art was evident in the late 1980s through the early 1990s, when artists addressed head on the AIDS epidemic and themes of identity politics the crises provoked, an emergence of quiet, intimate bodies of work, often depicting domestic settings, also rose in prominence. These more private subjects are featured in this exhibition.

Artists included: Patrick Angus (1953 - 1992), Katherine Bradford, Elliott Jerome Brown, Jr., Elijah Burgher, Paul Cadmus (1904 - 1999), TM Davy, John Dugdale, George Dureau (1930 - 2014), Nicole Eisenman, Louis Fratino, Nan Goldin, Katy Grannan, Lyle Ashton Harris, EJ Hauser, Christopher K. Ho, Peter Hujar (1934 - 1987), Stephen Irwin (1959 - 2010), Bill Jacobson, Kristen Jensen, Sholem Krishtalka, Kia LaBeija, Doron Langberg, Kristina Matousch, Robert Mapplethorpe (1946 - 1989), McDermott & McGough, Samantha Nye, Elle Pérez, Jack Pierson, Bryson Rand, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Michael Stamm, Hugh Steers (1963 - 1995), Richard Renaldi, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jesse Wine, David Wojnarowicz (1954 - 1992) and Kohei Yoshiyuki

Stephen Truax is an artist and writer in New York. His essay, "Young Queer Artists Are Trading Anguish for Joy," was commissioned and published by Artsy in November 2017, and inspired the show.

The gallery will host a walkthrough with some of the artists and the curator. Details to be announced shortly.