The Grain of His Skin

An archive on the artist Tony Greene (1955 - 1990).
Commentary by Richard Hawkins unless noted otherwise.
Contact: richardhawkins01@gmail.com

Apr 15, 2014 6:47am
Tony Greene. Vintage installation shot of “Sweet Oleander”, 1991 at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
http://www.welcometolace.org/archives/view/102012/

Tony Greene. Vintage installation shot of “Sweet Oleander”, 1991 at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.

http://www.welcometolace.org/archives/view/102012/

Apr 15, 2014 6:31am
Tony Greene. “AfterImage” obituary, Nov. 1990, by Doug Ischar

Tony Greene. “AfterImage” obituary, Nov. 1990, by Doug Ischar

Apr 13, 2014 4:37pm
cruiseorbecruised:

mattmorriswerks:
Iceberg ProjectsTony Greenecurated by John Neffinstallation viewleft to right: Latham Zearfoss, Miller + Shellabarger, Tony Greene, Dean Sameshima

cruiseorbecruised:

mattmorriswerks:

Iceberg Projects
Tony Greene
curated by John Neff
installation view

left to right: Latham Zearfoss, Miller + Shellabarger, Tony Greene, Dean Sameshima

Apr 13, 2014 8:21am
cruiseorbecruised:

Dean Sameshima’s contribution to an exhibition about the work of the late Tony Greene at Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL. curated by John Neff.
T-shirt: John Rechy: Numbers by Dean Sameshima
worn by Matthew Steinbrecher
photographed by Richard Hawkins
P.S. I FINALLY made the switch…no longer printing on H&M shirts and moved to a socially conscious and environmentally friendly T-shirt brand, Continental.

cruiseorbecruised:

Dean Sameshima’s contribution to an exhibition about the work of the late Tony Greene at Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL. curated by John Neff.

T-shirt: John Rechy: Numbers by Dean Sameshima

worn by Matthew Steinbrecher

photographed by Richard Hawkins

P.S. I FINALLY made the switch…no longer printing on H&M shirts and moved to a socially conscious and environmentally friendly T-shirt brand, Continental.

Apr 13, 2014 8:13am
Tony Greene. Jim (aka His Bare Fields), 1989. Mixed media, 14 ¼ x 16 ¼. Collection Doug Ischar, Chicago.

Tony Greene. Jim (aka His Bare Fields), 1989. Mixed media, 14 ¼ x 16 ¼. Collection Doug Ischar, Chicago.

Apr 13, 2014 7:55am

Tony Greene: Room of Advances

Curated by Judie Bamber and Monica Majoli. Thu, 19.06.2014–Sun, 07.09.2014. MAK Center Los Angeles, Schindler House

http://www.mak.at/en/program/exhibitions/preview

Apr 13, 2014 7:40am

link to the Whitney Museum’s website

The lush surfaces of Tony Greene’s work, in which elaborate paintings are embalmed on tinted photographs, address desire and mortality, with a nod to the dark ornamentation of the Victorian age. The photographs on view in the Biennial depict two subjects: taxidermied wildlife, exhibited in natural history dioramas, and idealized male bodies depicted in physique magazines. Obscured by painted foliage and calligraphic swirls, these images can be seen alternatively as objects of sexual yearning or as memorials for those lost to AIDS.

source: http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/2014Biennial/TonyGreeneCuratedByRichardHawkinsAndCatherineOpie

Apr 13, 2014 7:36am

From the Chicago Tribune, April 9 2014:

Tony Greene at Iceberg

Greene, a painter who died of AIDS-related complications in 1990, is presented in the Biennial under the auspices of his friends, artists Catherine Opie and Richard Hawkins. In Chicago, artist John Neff has organized a homey, poignant exhibition that places Greene’s homoerotic icons amid those produced by a younger generation of queer artists, as if he were still alive and well. Among them is a cryptically inscribed and folded textile by Elijah Burgher, one of the youngest artists in the Biennial. Built up from layers of paint and varnish applied atop photocopies of buff male bodies, Greene’s sexy, tactile pictures — traced with decorative butterflies and vines — are part camp, part missing history.

source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-the-whitney-review-20140409,0,7723019.story

Mar 28, 2014 7:37am
Tony Greene. No title, undated (presumably around 1988). Mixed media on paper. 6 x 6” (without collector’s frame). Collection Jeff Beall, Santa Monica, CA.
NOTE: We are always looking for previously undocumented works to add to our registry. Thanks to Jeff for this one. Please send any information you have to richardhawkins01@gmail.com

Tony Greene. No title, undated (presumably around 1988). Mixed media on paper. 6 x 6” (without collector’s frame). Collection Jeff Beall, Santa Monica, CA.

NOTE: We are always looking for previously undocumented works to add to our registry. Thanks to Jeff for this one. Please send any information you have to richardhawkins01@gmail.com

Mar 25, 2014 5:30pm
Tony Greene. Original proof for the exhibition “Against Nature”. Courtesy of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Thanks to David Evans Frantz.

Tony Greene. Original proof for the exhibition “Against Nature”. Courtesy of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Thanks to David Evans Frantz.

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