About the Work
Renowned tastemaker Jeffrey Deitch has referred to Michael Bevilacqua as “painter as social sculptor.”
Blending iconography from high and low culture, Bevilacqua creates complex, wide-ranging work that raises important questions about the ability to remain authentic in an increasingly corporatized world. His new suite of hand-finished prints, Monument Man, toys with themes of anonymity and embodiment while hinting towards class division symbolized by ubiquitous and seemingly innocuous garments like hooded sweatshirts.
Says the artist, “A few years ago I had an exhibition in Paris. As I was leaving, the owner asked to take my picture. I pulled my hoodie over my head, not wanting my face in the photo. The rest is history. I took a screenshot, had it digitized, and brought it with me on a trip to Copenhagen where I began drawing on the image, creating a sense of physical graffiti, personal vandalism, and body as canvas. Monument Man has since become ceramic sculptures, works on paper, and paintings. The image holds ongoing intrigue for me considering the history of ‘the hoodie,’ its political role in infamous cases like the Unabomber sketch or the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin, contrasted with its recent high fashion ties by mega brands such as Gucci and Balenciaga.”
Michael Bevilacqua (b. 1966, Carmel, CA) has a forthcoming 2023 solo exhibition at Kwan Hoon Gallery in Seoul, as well as a 2024 solo presentation with Lorin Gallery in Los Angeles. The artist has previously held solo exhibitions at Kwan Hoon Gallery, Blank Check Gallery at Chateau Marmont (Los Angeles), Monterey Museum of Art (California), and Galerie PACT (Paris), among others. His work is in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Dallas Museum of Art (Texas), Orange County Museum of Art (California), Deste Foundation (Greece), San Francisco Museum of Art (California), Louisiana Museum (Humlebaek, Denmark), Amore Pacific Museum (Seoul), and Astrup Fearnley Museum (Oslo). The artist lives and works in New York.
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