Coraggio News

November 10, 2021 1 Comment 1970s and ’80s NYC Graffiti Art Show: Phillips Auction House Gallery | Jan 7, 2022.

Linus Coraggio—The Existential Weld by Brad Melamed - Howl! Arts

Linus has been chosen to be in a “blockbuster exhibition” (as the curator, Arnold Lehman, called it) of 1970s and ’80s NYC graffiti art at the Phillips Auction House Gallery in January 2022.

This show features 25 of the indisputably top aerosol masters such as Lady Pink, Rammellzee, Dondi, Futura 2000Lee, Fab 5 Freddie, Dr. Revolt, Al Diaz, and Zephor, to name a few.

Linus will finally gain full deserved recognition for his invention of a new (in 1982) genre of street art he dubbed “3-D Graffiti” and be included in the great pantheon of graffiti artists from this explosively creative period. 

His work in this seminal show will include early and later street pieces mounted on actual no-parking signposts with vintage street signs as well as examples of his sculptural street art style furniture which includes found urban metal and actual signage.

Photo and video documentation of Coraggio “outstalling” his renegade street works from “back in the day” will also be on view.

His inclusion in this historically important retrospective of graffiti art draws attention to how 3-D graffiti created a new crossover link/lynchpin between the 2 previously separate genres of street art and graffiti while also introducing a 3-D counterpoint to the exclusively 2-D media nature of both those two urban  style categories.  Because his work was “outstalled” on the street it was street art, but by the personal application of paint marker scrawled comments and statements it simultaneously also became graffiti.

In addition, the act of “graffiti-izing” the stark metal sculpture surfaces made each piece visually more interesting and also able to speak socially relevant thoughts to the Public.

“3-D graffiti co-opted the best aspects of street art and graffiti and added a third dimension, it was also like a sort of more physical graffiti,” says Coraggio.

The exhibit will take place in the recently opened spectacular 32,000 square foot space at Phillips on Park Ave. and 56th St. and opens to the public on January 7, 2022.

July 22, 2021 Permanent Installation on the Outside Patio of New Howl! Happening Art Space

Permanent Installation on the Outside Patio of New Howl! Happening Art Space

Howl! Happening Gallery has picked out a bunch of Linus’s sculptural furniture pieces for permanent installation on their huge outdoor patio in their new space across from the New Museum on the Bowery.

Also, a collector who works at Phillips Auction House has acquired a number of Linus’s opening show invites from his more seminal shows in the 1980s: including the massive Terminal New York show in 1983 and several shows at A’s Salon, Rivington School and the infamous Gas Station spaces.

July 22, 2021 Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center

Linus has made contact with a new curator at Storm King Art Center who has taken a keen interest in his work.

Perhaps this will lead to mega things!

January 27, 2019 Coraggio Curates 80s show at Contra Galleries

Whitehot Magazine and Contra Galleries present

The Art of New York: 1980s

Whitehot Magazine and Contra Galleries present The Art of New York: 1980s

The work of both late and living legends of 1980s New York City street art, graffiti and other seminal styles of urban work has been assembled by curator Linus Coraggio—sculptor, painter and instigator of the notorious Rivington School and Gas Station spaces in the 80s/90s Lower East Side underground art scene.

The creative luminaries featured include living pioneers such as Fab 5 Freddy, LA2 (Angel Ortiz), Al Diaz (SAMO©) and Rick Prol; as well as departed masters like Richard Hambleton, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and FA-Q; along with other surprise notables.

The premise of the show is to exhibit the famous alongside significant but lesser-known artists of the period.

“Expect to be blown away,” says Coraggio.

Contra Galleries, 122 W 26th St., Floor 5.

Opens February 1st and runs through mid-February.

Opening Press Preview (general public welcome): February 1st • 6-9 pm (click here to see Facebook event)

Opening gala: February 13th • 6-9 pm (click here to see Facebook event).

For info or appointments call (610) 613-4914.

General gallery hours M–F 12–6 pm.

October 29, 2017 MoMA acquires Club 57 flyer from Coraggio

Club 57

The Museum of Modern Art acquired a Club 57 flyer from Coraggio for “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983,” an historic retrospective on the famed East Village nightclub. Curator Sophie Cavoulacas admitted the purchase price was more than usually paid for documentation ephemera.

Club 57 was the upbeat counterpoint to the more down, edgy nightclub life of the also famed Mudd club; both were seminal cultural meccas of the early early 1980s art scene where scores of now legendary artists and musicians showed, played and reveled in autonomous ecstasy.

July 13, 2017 The Art of Linus Coraggio

Linus’ first solo show in two years will open on July 20th and run through August 31st with a closing reception on that date, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

The Art of Linus Coraggio - Art on A Gallery
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This show is a survey consisting of both painting and sculpture, most done within the last two years.

There will be documentary films about Linus—made by filmmaker Thomas W. Campbell—shown throughout the month:

  • Thursday, 8/3 6–8pm
  • Thursday, 8/10 6–8pm
  • Wednesday, 8/16 6–8pm
  • Thursday, 8/24 6–8pm

Art on A Gallery is open 12 noon–8:00 pm, Monday–Saturday.

June 11, 2017 Coraggio Featured in Summer Group Show

Wendigo Productions’ 2nd Annual Summer Group Show
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Coraggio works will be featured in Wendigo Productions’ 2nd Annual Summer Group Show at Art on A Gallery, June 22nd–July 13th.

The show—which runs for three weeks—boasts over 60 artists. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, June 22nd from 7 to 9PM (complimentary food and drink + Coraggio in attendance.

December 1, 2016 Coraggio in Holiday Show

Wendigo 4th Annual Holiday Show
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Coraggio works will be featured in Wendigo Productions’ 4th Annual Holiday Show at Art on A Gallery, December 8thDecember 29th.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday, December 8th from 8 to 10PM.

October 4, 2015 Graffiti vs Street Art: A History

Graffiti vs Street Art: A History
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Selected works of Coraggio’s will be featured in the exhibit “Graffiti vs Street Art: A History” at Bishop Art Gallery in Brooklyn.

The curators’ ambition for the show is to bring graffiti artists and street artists together to “set the record straight on their history and significance in the art world.”

The show opens October 17th and runs through November 14th.

Click here to view or download the press release (PDF).

Click here to visit the exhibit's page on the Bishop Gallery website.

September 20, 2015 Coraggio featured in duo show in upstate NY

A two-person show featuring the work of Linus Coraggio and Chris Glembotzky will open on September 26th, 2015 at All Buenos Gallery, 28 Eastern Parkway in Arlington (Poughkeepsie), New York. The opening gala will take place from 10 am to 10 pm, and the exhibit will run at the gallery until January 1st, 2016. This show marks Coraggio’s third duo show since 1985.

Christopher Glembotzky’s work is currently large- and medium-sized digital prints of collage-like still lifes that evoke a Joseph-Cornel-meets-Tim-Burton aesthetic.

Linus Coraggio sculpts by cutting, bending and welding found metal into abstract or representational sculptures, mobiles and furniture. His work fuses the canon of great 20th-century American abstract sculptors with his own punk-rock and recycling style.

Both artists attended SUNY Purchase and cut their teeth professionally in the NYC/East Village art scene of the 1980s and ’90s.

For further information contact (347) 355-1988

May 11, 2015 Coraggio Opening at Elena Ab Gallery, Friday 05/15/15

Coraggio Opening 05-15-15 at Elena Ab Gallery, Tribeca
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Elena Ab Gallery at 185 Church Street in Tribeca presents a retrospective show spanning three decades of Linus Coraggio’s abstract and representational sculpture. Coraggio, a New York City native, is one of the pioneers of the early 1980s downtown street art movement; the magazine Art In America has credited him with inventing a genre of street art called “3-D Graffiti.”

Coraggio has exhibited both in the US and abroad, including projects in Japan, Scandinavia, Austria and a 2016 commission in France.

He founded the erstwhile art space/performance venue Gas Station (also known as Space 2B for its location at Ave. B & E 2nd St.), and is a co-founder of the “Rivington School” art movement—both seminal downtown epicenters of art activity and sprawling sculptural installation in the 1980s and 1990s.

The show includes paintings, woodcut prints and sculptural furniture.

It opens at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 15, 2015 (opening gala ’til 9:00 PM) and runs through June 30, 2015.

The gallery hours are Mondays: 1:00–4:00 pm; Tuesdays–Sundays: 12 noon–8:00 pm; and by appointment: (917) 691-5647.

December 12, 2014 Coraggio Invited to France

Le Barcarès, France
Le Barcarès, France

Linus Coraggio has been invited by the French Ministry of Culture to do a residency in the coastal town of Le Barcares, France—showing existing works and creating public art for the town during his stay.

In conjunction with the municipal engagement, there will also be an exhibition of Coraggio’s works at a private gallery, Maison des Arts (although the names are coincidentally similar, there is no connection with the NYC gallery that features Coraggio’s work, La Maison d’Art).

Coraggio will be in France from April 5th to May 15th, 2015; the Maison des Arts exhibit dates are TBD, but it will start sometime before the artist's arrival and continue for some time after his departure.

Maison des Arts, Le Barcarès, France
Maison des Arts, Le Barcarès, France

What’s more, the show could travel to Paris and Barcelona as well (nothing final on that yet).

To keep the focus on these happenings abroad, the planners have asked us to refrain from selling Coraggio’s art online until the Le Barcares exhibit is over in late spring.

We are honoring that request: while the site itself will remain active, no online sales will take place via the site starting after Christmas and continuing through, potentially, June.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions.

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