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Eye to Eye

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1. Featuring the collection of art publicist Gina Nanni and the late writer and tastemaker Glenn O’Brien, the exhibition showcases works by Academy student artists, paired with pieces from a selection of artists including Andy Warhol, Ross Bleckner, Zanele Muholi, and Carroll Dunham

2. Now in its third iteration, the exhibition asks a prominent collector to select works by Academy MFA students, which are then exhibited side by side with pieces from the patron’s own collection, selected by the student artists themselves

Date

Jan 27 - Mar 14, 2022

Venue

New York Academy of Art

New York Academy of Art

New York

exhibitions@nyaa.edu

Artists

Gertrude Abercrombie

Ross Bleckner

Cloud Medicine Crow

Sante D'Orazio

Ryan Davis

Jane Dickson

Carroll Dunham

Monica Ikegwu

Baltimore

Tommy Levato

Vitaly Lopez-Recio

Jill Moss-Getz

Zanele Muholi

Umlazi Township

Laura Romaine

Kylee Snow

Dena Sturm

Andy Warhol

Pittsburgh

The Academy’s acclaimed exhibition series Eye to Eye returns this month featuring the collection of art publicist Gina Nanni and the late writer and tastemaker Glenn O’Brien. The exhibition showcases works by Academy student artists selected by Nanni, paired with pieces from a selection of artists including Andy Warhol, Ross Bleckner, Zanele Muholi, and Carroll Dunham.

Now in its third iteration, Eye to Eye asks a prominent collector to select works by Academy MFA students, which are then exhibited side by side with pieces from the patron’s own collection, selected by the student artists themselves. In previous years, the series has featured the collections of Laura Skoler and John Thomson and exhibited artists ranging from Louise Bourgeois to Marlene Dumas alongside student works. The exhibition acts as a reflection of the collector’s eye and a commentary on artistic influence and relative value.

The Nanni-O’Brien Collection encompasses nearly 600 artworks collected over 30 years, including over 50 rare Jean-Michel Basquiats. Glenn O’Brien (1947-2017) was a legendary writer, editor and critic. He served as the founding editor of Interview Magazine and as columnist for ArtForum and GQ, as well as editing monographs on, among others, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dash Snow and Mark Grotjahn. Gina Nanni is a publicist for art, design and fashion, who has worked extensively with numerous galleries and artists including Laurie Simmons, Marilyn Minter and Derrick Adams.

Highlights on view for Eye to Eye 2022 include a 1948 painting by Gertrude Abercrombie, a midcentury Surrealist collected by Nanni and O’Brien years ago while still relatively unknown, who was recently rediscovered by the art world, with The New York Times commenting in 2018 that Abercrombie was suddenly undergoing “a new visibility that should be coaxed into an even greater fullness.” Other notable pieces in the show are a silkscreen and acrylic seascape by Sante D’Orazio, who is primarily known as a photographer, and a North Dakota scene depicted by indigenous artist Cloud Medicine Crow. Each piece in the show is paired with a student work, inviting the viewer to seek out thematic similarities or differences.