Press Release - December 2011 - GORMLEY/BOROFSKY
For immediate release
Jules Goldman Books and Antiques
29 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Contact: Jules Goldman
Contact: Brian Gormley
Contact: Scot Borofsky
GRAFFITI TRANSFORMED: 30 YEARS LATER, WHAT ARE THE ORIGINAL STREET ARTISTS DOING?
Populist Spirit Carries on in Unlikely Old City Venue, First Friday, Dec. 2
On First Friday, December 2, Jules Goldman Books & Antiques will celebrate the installation of contemporary abstract artwork by internationally recognized artists Scot Borofsky and Brian Gormley. Borofsky and Gormley made their names in the early 1980s as part of a small cadre of young artists from the East Village and Lower East Side, including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who brought graffiti into the realm of fine art. Traces of street influence are still evident in the massive bodies of work they have developed in the subsequent decades as each artist evolved into a mature studio painter. At Goldman’s, more than one hundred paintings and works on paper spanning their careers will be on view, including many never before exhibited.
Both Gormley and Borofsky have exhibited internationally, with Gormley’s resume including solo shows in Dublin, Vienna, Prague, Zurich, Rome, and Mexico City. Borofsky’s work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York.
Despite such world-class credentials, the same populist spirit that inspired the artists’ early street installations carries on in their latest venue. Unlike a typical Old City gallery, Jules Goldman’s store on Second Street overflows with books, art, and all other manner of things collected during his thirty years in the antique business. Just as murals use the public streets to make art universally available, Goldman’s venue communicates the art’s accessibility to an audience far broader than just the cognoscenti or the wealthy.
Jules Goldman Books and Antiques, located at 29 N. 2nd St. in Old City, is open from noon to seven p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and by appointment. Paintings, prints, and drawings by Brian Gormley and Scot Borofsky will be on view through the end of December.
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Further information about Jules Goldman Books and Antiques can be found at http://www.julesgoldmanbooks.com.
For high-resolution images of Brian Gormley’s work, please visit http://www.julesgoldmanbooks.com/gormley-images.html.
For details about the artists, please visit http://www.briangormley.com, http://scotsart.net, and http://scotborofskyinstallations.com.