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Rosson Crow: Bowery Boys

Last week we stopped by the Deitch to check out the opening of Rosson Crow’s exhibit Bowery Boys. One of the last Deitch Projects’ shows, Rosson’s exhibit depicts the defiant wild side of NYC on monumental canvasses. We first met Rosson back in November at the STAGES opening, one of the only women featured during that exhibit, she is used to running with the boys. Don’t let that pretty face fool you, in the past she has painted male-dominated enviroments including saloons, gun shops, oil derricks, rodeos and stock market floors.

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Crow is a native from Texas but adopted New York City for six months to research and work on her exhibition. Her dynamic approach of utilizing yesteryear’s interiors like Chintown’s 1880’s red opium den, barbershops and a 1982 subway station along with splashes of neon colors and graffiti make for an imaginative interpretation of NYC spaces.

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Deitch Projects is set to close its doors in June (we are beside ourselves) as Jeffrey Deitch has been appointed new director of Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Deitch has long been an advocate of NYC’s young artists and is known for forging relationships with a handful of rising stars like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons. NYC will miss Deitch on many levels. It was the one place where it was safe for the up-towners to mix with the down-towners all in the name of art.

Shepard Fairey will be the last artist to grace the walls of the gallery this spring. Fairey via obeygiant.com states “It is going to open on May 1st—May Day—in New York City and it will also happen to be the final show by Deitch Projects.” You better believe we will there for that.

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