Current Exhibition

  • Nina Chanel Abney
  • Rita Ackermann
  • Alex Bag
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Katherine Bernhardt
  • Joe Bradley
  • Sarah Braman
  • Lizzi Bougatsos
  • William N. Copley
  • Thornton Dial
  • Jason Fox
  • Keith Haring
  • Wally Hedrick
  • Lonnie Holley
  • Sadie Laska
  • Chris Martin
  • Jeanette Mundt
  • Laura Owens
  • A.R. Penck
  • Joyce Pensato
  • Carol Rama
  • Tyson Reeder
  • Bill Saylor
  • Peter Saul
  • Kenny Scharf
  • Julian Schnabel
  • Josh Smith
  • Agathe Snow
  • Spencer Sweeney
  • Henry Taylor
  • Don Van Vliet
  • Sue Williams

Animal Farm

Greenwich May 14th to September 15th, 2017

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Additional elements of the exhibition include a curated selection of puppets and theatrical banners in the foundation’s Library space, exhibited in collaboration with Bread and Puppet Theater. The Honey Badgers—a musical group consisting of artists Jack Hanley, Phil Grauer, Tyson Reeder, and Michael Mahalchick—will activate Sarah Braman’s large-scale sculpture with a musical performance.  The opening reception will also feature live musical performances by Lonnie Holley and LOBOTOMAXXX.

Participating Artists

Nina Chanel Abney, Rita Ackermann, Alex Bag, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Katherine Bernhardt, Lizzi Bougatsos, Joe Bradley, Sarah Braman, Bread and Puppet Theater, William N. Copley, Thornton Dial, Jason Fox, Keith Haring, Wally Hedrick, Lonnie Holley, Sadie Laska, Chris Martin, Jeanette Mundt, Laura Owens, A.R. Penck, Joyce Pensato, Carol Rama, Tyson Reeder, Peter Saul, Bill Saylor, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Josh Smith, Agathe Snow, Spencer Sweeney, Henry Taylor, Don Van Vliet and Sue Williams.

About Sadie Laska

Sadie Laska is a visual artist and musician living in Queens, New York. She received her MFA from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in 2014. Laska’s work has been shown internationally, with solo shows at CANADA, New York; Office Baroque, Brussels; KS Art, New York; and Galerie Bernard Ceysson, in Paris, Luxembourg and Geneva. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, White Columns, Marlborough Gallery, Zürcher Gallery and Harper’s Books. Laska’s band, I.U.D., has performed at international venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, The Brant Foundation, The Kitchen, ISSUE Project Room, Astrup Fearnley and the Kunsthalle Zürich.

Opening Party Page

Selected Press:

ARTnews Announces The Brant Foundation’s upcoming exhibition, Animal Farm, curated by Sadie Laska

Animal Magnetism: A New Exhibition Channels Orwell (and the Eighties Art Scene) by Pac Pobric

Artist Sadie Laska Curates Animal Farm at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center by David Graver

Peter’s Farm by Trinie Dalton

 

Join in the conversation with The Brant Foundation and Animal Farm on Instagram via @TheBrantFoundation and the hashtag #AnimalFarm.

 

Animal Farm

Installation view
Wally Hedrick
Peace, 1953
Photography: Laura Wilson

  • Don Van Vliet
  • Spencer Sweeney
  • Wally Hedrick

Jeanette Mundt

A Delay in Violence, 2016
oil on canvas
60 x 48 in.
Image: © Jeanette Mundt. Courtesy of the Artist and Off Vendome, New York
Collection Thomas Alexander, New York
Photography: Christopher Burke Studio

Animal Farm

Installation view
Photography: Laura Wilson

Animal Farm

Installation view
(Left to right: Tyson Reeder, Sadie Laska, Sue Williams)
Photography: Laura Wilson

  • Sue Williams
  • Sadie Laska
  • Tyson Reeder

Animal Farm

Installation view
William N. Copley
Photography: Laura Wilson

  • Misty & Mother, 1982
  • McQueen, 1974
  • William N. Copley
  • William N. Copley
Copley's Hancock, 1975
  • William N. Copley
  • Wililam N. Copley

William N. Copley

Untitled, 1979
charcoal on paper
28 3/4 x 22 3/4 inches (framed)
Claire Copley and Alan Eisenberg

Animal Farm

Installation view
Photography: Christopher Burke Studio

  • Henry Taylor
  • Henry Taylor
  • Henry Taylor

Peter Saul

True Crime, 1962
oil on canvas
51 x 59 in.
© Peter Saul. Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Hall Collection

The way it looks to me now is things out of the American dream sort of thrown into a bathtub with Abstract Expressionist leanings. By 1962, this was not something most art viewers wanted to see, of course. It looks like the figuration was influenced by Dick Tracy comic strips. That house resembles the kind of thing that Dick Tracy might have been involved with. And it is true – I was very interested in those things. As I was growing up, I very much enjoyed Dick Tracy during World War II. All those weird people: Pruneface, Mole Man, Mole Man’s daughter, Moline. Oh, a whole bunch of people. I felt so grateful to Chester Gould that I actually sat down at a café and wrote him a letter.

– Peter Saul, Courtesy of the Hall Art Foundation (hallartfoundation.org)

Animal Farm

Installation view
Photography: Christopher Burke Studio

Jason Fox
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Jason Fox Jason Fox

  • Jason Fox
  • Jason Fox
  • Jason Fox

Animal Farm

Installation view
Josh Smith
Photography: Laura Wilson

  • Josh Smith
  • Josh Smith
  • Josh Smith

A.R. Penck

Skizze, 1983
Acrylic on canvas
78 3⁄4 x 118 inches
Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Carol Rama

Senza titolo, 1969
Enamel, varnish, vinyl glue, taxidermal eyes on canvas
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.
Private Collection, Courtesy Levy Gorvy

Animal Farm

Installation view
Photography: Christopher Burke Studio

  • Joe Bradley
  • Thornton Dial
  • Bill Saylor

Animal Farm

Installation view
Photography: Christopher Burke Studio

  • Animal Farm, Installation view
  • Animal Farm
  • Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Installation view
Photography: Christopher Burke Studio

Katherine Bernhardt

Untitled, 2017
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
10 x 20 feet
Courtesy of the artist and CANADA, New York.

  • Keith Haring
  • Joyce Pensato
  • Joe Bradley

Nina Chanel Abney

Si, Mister, 2017
unique ultrachrome pigmented print, acrylic, spray paint
2 panels: 96 x 48 inches each
©Nina Chanel Abney. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

I’d like people to ask questions to themselves about race, gender, and identity. I hope my work provokes thoughts, raises awareness, and poses interrogations.

– Nina Chanel Abney

  • Animal Farm
  • Animal Farm
  • Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Installation view
Photography: Laura Wilson

  • Kenny Scharf
  • Kenny Scharf
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat

Animal Farm

Installation view
Photography: Laura Wilson

Keith Haring

Untitled (Pink Smiling Face), 1981
Baked enamel on metal
48 x 48 inches
Image © Keith Haring Foundation
Photography: Tom Powel Imaging, Inc.