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Aaron Johnson

Artists on Art

Friday, October 14, 2011
7:15 PM–8:00 PM

1) Deluge, 2011, Acrylic on polyester knit mesh, 87 x 96 inches (221 x 243 cm), 2)Shaq Photography 2008
In paintings that are glimmering, seductive, and emanating light, Aaron Johnson’s monsters are gruesome, sadistic, and spewing venom. His work is a bold reflection on the decaying excesses of our insatiable culture. Johnson is known for integrating a wide range of art historical precedents, from Italian Renaissance to lowbrow vernacular to art of the Himalayas.
Johnson will join Assistant Curator Beth Citron in conversation about selected works in our Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection exhibition in the Third Floor Gallery.
Aaron Johnson received his MFA from Hunter College, NY in 2005, and lives and worksin Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited internationally at such venues as the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, NY; Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen; Gallery Brandstrup, Oslo; The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space, Beirut; and Kunsthalle Exnergrasse (Vienna). Johnson’s exhibitions have been reviewed in many publications including Art News, Beautiful Decay, Kunst International, The Art Newspaper, The Village Voice, and The New York Times. His work is in the permanent collections of the Weisman Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art.
Johnson’s current solo show Freedom From Want is on view at Stux Gallery (NY) through October 22.

About Artists on Art

Contemporary artists lead informal, topical talks within the museum’s galleries on Friday nights at 6:15 p.m.
In conversation with Assistant Curator Beth Citron, speakers from New York and international contemporary art scenes interact with and informally discuss the rich artistic traditions of the Himalayas and surrounding regions in relation to their own practices and processes.