Coraggio News

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.


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 pm–8:00 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. For more info visit http://www.artonagallery.com/


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 8th–December 29th.

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

For more info visit artonagallery.com/exhibitions or call 212.300.4418.


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 The 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, 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.

For more info visit http://abgallerytribeca.com/.


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, Franceshowing 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.


September 9 2014 Coraggio in Harlem

About 5 blocks from where Coraggio attended Music and Art High School in the late 1970s is the La Maison d’Art Gallery at 259 W 132nd Street. Through his exhibiting at a pop-up gallery, Coraggio’s work was acquired by La Maison; that led to commissions, a solo show there last fall, and a labor of love: spending much of 2013 turning the gallery’s backyard into a beautiful showplace sculpture garden.

The official inauguration of the garden was held at La Maison in November of 2013, but we have just now discovered an album of photos of the inaugural gala that La Maison had posted on Facebook shortly after the event! There are many good photos of Coraggio's pieces—not only of the 22 sculptures and furniture pieces that permanently decorate the garden but also many of the Coraggio works on display inside the gallery (including sculptures, paintings and a complete set of woodcut prints). Among the photo album's highlights are images of the huge and wild Coraggio wall mosaic that took him 8 months to complete, now adorning one of the garden walls. You can also see two Coraggio furniture pieces visible from the street out in front of the brownstone gallery—do sit in them if you stop by!

Reflecting with some surprise on the relationship he now enjoys with the gallery and that area of New York City, Coraggio commented, “When I was going to high school in Harlem, I never thought I would have anything ever to do with the [then] shell-shocked neighborhood, let alone have any chance to show art there.”

The garden is open to the public daily from 1:00–6:00 pm.

About 5 blocks from where Coraggio attended Music and Art High School in the late 1970s is the La Maison d’Art Gallery at 259 W 132nd Street. Through his exhibiting at a pop-up gallery, Coraggio’s work was acquired by La Maison; that led to commissions, a solo show there last fall, and a labor of love: spending much of 2013 turning the gallery’s backyard into a beautiful showplace sculpture garden.

The official inauguration of the garden was held at La Maison in November of 2013, but we have just now discovered an album of photos of the inaugural gala that La Maison had posted on Facebook shortly after the event! There are many good photos of Coraggio's pieces—not only of the 22 sculptures and furniture pieces that permanently decorate the garden but also many of the Coraggio works on display inside the gallery (including sculptures, paintings and a complete set of woodcut prints). Among the photo album's highlights are images of the huge and wild Coraggio wall mosaic that took him 8 months to complete, now adorning one of the garden walls. You can also see two Coraggio furniture pieces visible from the street out in front of the brownstone gallery—do sit in them if you stop by!

Reflecting with some surprise on the relationship he now enjoys with the gallery and that area of New York City, Coraggio commented, “When I was going to high school in Harlem, I never thought I would have anything ever to do with the [then] shell-shocked neighborhood, let alone have any chance to show art there.”

The garden is open to the public daily from 1:00–6:00 pm.


August 23 2014 La Maison d'Art makes Coraggio a “Permanent Artist”

Works by Linus Coraggio have been put on permanent display at La Maison D’Art gallery in Harlem at 259 W 132nd St.

Linus Coraggio Mosaic
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The gallery boasts a full backyard sculpture garden featuring 22 of Coraggio's outdoor works.

The garden itself was designed by Coraggio “from the dirt up” with an eye toward striking a lovely balance between sculpture display space, sculptural seating, and plantings.

In the garden there is also a huge and intricate wall mosaic by Coraggio which took him a year to finish, and his most recent addition to the gallery is a sculptural window gate visible from the street.

Hours are noon to 6pm daily or by appointment: (917) 533-4605.


July 16 2014 Coraggio Works Featured in NY Times Article

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, works by Linus Coraggio were featured in the photo triptych that accompanied the New York Times’ coverage of the opening of the new Buddy Warren Inc. shop at 171 Chrystie St. on the Lower East Side.

Five Coraggio pieces were included in the photograph:

  1. “King Chess Set” Chair
  2. “Action Figure” Mirror
  3. “Queen Chess Set” Chair
  4. “White Copper and Black Sun Queen” Chess Set
  5. “Glass Wheel” Chopper
Click here to view the full article on the Times’ website.

June 26 2014 Exhibition: “METAGLYPHIC”

Sculpture by Linus Coraggio will be featured in “Metaglyphic”, an exhibition presented by The Elena Ab Gallery, 185 Church Street in New York City (TriBeCa).

Linus Coraggio with Elena Ab
Linus Coraggio with Elena Ab

The exhibition will be open to the public from June 26–Aug 17, 2014, with an opening reception on Thursday, June 26, 7:00–9:00 pm.

From the gallery's press release about the exhibition:

Scrap-art master Coraggio creates symbolic structures in steel and other debris, where welded elements (tools, utensils and other welded artifacts) also form a personal language and function as compelling visual tropes within the larger forms; sometimes these symbols are obvious, such as the hammer in the “Soviet chair” sculpture, and other times more obliquely evocative as in the welded screens with concentric loops that echo [Ken] Hiratsuka’s spirals and megalithic rock art.

To read the entire press release, click here.


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