The Audacity of Disruption
June 26th - August 30th, 2022
630 Flushing Ave, Bed-Stuy NY
The Bishop Gallery has a lot to celebrate this year. First, they’ve lasted ten years in a world not designed for galleries like them. Second, they’ve moved into a new space in Brooklyn’s Pfizer building. Last, an artist residency housed in a brownstone, in one of Brooklyn’s most sought-after neighborhoods. To commemorate their achievements and the long road to this milestone year, The Bishop Gallery presents “The Audacity of Disruption” on June 25 th with an opening reception from 6-9pm. The collective showing features works from
undiscovered talents like Yenovk der Hagopian to one of the world’s most celebrated artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat. The exhibition will run through August.
The Audacity of Disruption will feature artwork spanning nearly a century, as a unique, global survey of emerging, mid-career, and established artists, who create in a plethora of mediums. A sampling of the emerging artists are Charles Jean Pierre, Delilah Benitez, Quiana Parks, Zeph Farmby, Reggie Khumalo and Jabari Jefferson. Many of these artists have had solo showings on a global scale, while others have shown in museums without ever showing solely. Mid-career
artists include Jules Arthur, who’s renowned portrait of Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious BIG depicted in the old master’s style, highlights the emotions of the Brooklyn community for the late, great rapper as well as works from activist and art professor Sophia Dawson, who currently has a solo exhibition at The Bishop Gallery’s Baltimore location. A variety of sculptures
from Rivington School founding artists Linus Coraggio and Ken Hiratsuka will also be on display, as well as an exclusive, commissioned piece from Chinese Artist Yansong Gao.
Rounding out the gallery’s ten-year anniversary exhibition line up are a few distinguished artists such as long-term American Sign Language professor Sam Adoquei, who has had artwork featured in museums around the world, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian. Moreover, “The Audacity of Disruption” will feature a limited edition of “The Thinker” by Rodin; numbered 7 out of the 1 of 7, this sculpture was casted by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1979 and was featured in the Master’s Art show in 2007 in Dubai. At the epicenter of “The Audacity of Disruption” is the sampling of early works by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the Alexis Adler Archive and the touring exhibition “Our Friend Jean”. Artworks include drawings, apparel and notes, which reflect an intimate era before the world-renowned artist’s superstardom. Outside of the Brooklyn Museum, The Bishop Gallery is the only other art institution to exhibit a solo Basquiat exhibition in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. That alone is a major feat. It exemplifies one of the gallery’s core principles of “accessibility”, by making the famed artist's works accessible to the artist’s hometown community. The Bishop Gallery’s owners exclaimed “our gallery’s ability to exhibit world-renowned artists alongside emerging, or even unknown artists, in a shared space, speaks to our audacious bravery in challenging norms presented by the status quo in the often-intimidating art industry.” The Bishop Gallery has spent the past decade defining, developing, and defending the arts and will continue to celebrate their ongoing impact with the opening of “The Audacity of Disruption.”
630 Flushing ave, Brooklyn
630 FLushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Hours: Saturday 12-6pm & By appointment