+ O'Conner Fine Art
25 Years / 25 Works
Iconic works from shows of the last quarter century
John and Billy, © 1985
Opening: Saturday, October 16, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
In October 1985, John Wessel and Billy O’Connor
opened their first Gallery on Via di Ripetta in the historic center
of Rome. After more than 140 exhibitions in Italy, New York, and currently
Lambertville, New Jersey, the Gallery is proud to present 25 Years
/ 25 Works, an exhibition of 25 works by artists from the gallery.
Featuring: Mike Bidlo, Bruce of Los Angeles, Marina
Cappelletto, Craig Coleman, John Dugdale, Luis Frangella, Jim French
David Halliday, Brandon Herman, Horst P. Horst, David Levinthal, Blake
Little, George Platt Lynes, Robert Mapplethorpe, Donald Moffett, Eadweard
Muybridge, Walter Robinson, Howard Roffman, Adam Rolston, Bruce Sargeant,
Andres Serrano, Luke Smalley, Iké Udé, Wilhelm von Gloeden,
and Rhonda Zwillinger.
The exhibition features iconic works from shows
of the last quarter century and highlights the diverse range
of genres promoted by the Gallery, including photography, paintings,
Among the artists included are: Mike Bidlo,
who emerged from the art scene in the 1980's East Village at
the same time as the opening of the gallery, and is here represented
by one of his Warhol “appropriationism” screen-print
paintings of Jackie Onasiss.
John Dugdale, a master of antique
photographic processes, will be included with one of his famous
signature cyanotype still lifes.
George Platt Lynes, well known
for his work in ballet and fashion, is equally respected for
his extensive nude images of the male body. His work served
as a historic inspiration for the Gallery’s many exhibitions
of male image art, past and present.
Donald Moffett, one of several
Gallery activist artists who produced political and AIDS-related
work, is represented by one of his thought-provoking and confrontational
1990's light box works You, You, You.
Rhonda Zwillinger, another of
the renowned East Village artists, and who inaugurated the Gallery’s
Rome venue, is well known for encrusting objects such as shoes,
furniture, and candelabras with elaborate beading. Her Toute
Suite, an entire bejeweled baby-grand piano (her largest
single endeavor), will be on view for the first time in over
+ O'Conner Fine Art
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 11:00 AM
- 6:00 PM
Sunday Noon - 5 PM, and
by appointment anytime.
7 N. Main Street (at Bridge), in Lambertville, NJ 08530 · Map
There is direct bus
service from Port Authority in NYC to Lambertville,
it stops across the street from the gallery
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