EXIT / ALIVE: The Art of Anthony Dominguez gathers a substantial body of art produced by Anthony Dominguez over 20 years leading up to his untimely death in 2014. Conceived as a definitive overview, the exhibition brings together a representative sampling of works by this philosophically uncompromising, intentionally homeless artist, an idiosyncratic figure on the margins of society and the art world.
During his years on the streets Dominguez developed and refined a signature style of imagery dominated by interacting figures- people, animals, insects, birds, and the grinning, animated skeletons that are often principal players in his one-scene visual tragicomedies. The New York streets were an endless source of subject matter, too. His daily experiences roaming the city and observing the life around him served as a primary inspiration. Much of his work emphasizes the inevitability of death, the constant presence of death in daily life, and the yin-yang relationship between the two.
Anthony Dominguez was an outsider by choice, and his work was typically shown in outsider-art contexts when it was shown at all, but his past history of commercial-art studies and practice complicates his identification in these terms. This exhibition attempts to bring Dominguez’s work the broader attention it so richly deserves.
EXIT/ALIVE is curated by Guest Curator Tom Patterson. Patterson has been writing about art and curating exhibitions since the early 1980s. He is the author of St. EOM in The Land of Pasaquan (Jargon Society, 1987), Howard Finster: Stranger from Another World (Abbeville Press, 1989) and Contemporary Folk Art: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Watson-Guptill Publications, 2001) His writings have appeared in magazines including afterimage, American Craft, Aperture, ARTnews, Art Papers, BOMB and New Art Examiner. A former U.S. editor of Raw Vision, the London-based international journal of outsider art, he currently serves as a U.S. editorial contributor to that magazine. As a curator he has organized shows for institutions including the American Visionary Art Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Terra Museum of American Art and the Center on Contemporary Art. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
This exhibition is partially sponsored by Aarne Anton.
EXIT / ALIVE: THE ART OF ANTHONY DOMINGUEZ
Number of Works:
105 works including paintings on fabric and drawings on paper.
2,500 sq ft
$5,000 for eight weeks
Venue pays for incoming shipping
To be carried by venue
label and wall text information in digital format
A full color brochure produced by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art with essay by curator Tom Patterson