Ron English Contemporizes Guernica in New Exhibit

NYC’s new Allouche Gallery, which is located in the Meatpacking district across from the Whitney Museum, is hosting Ron English. The exhibition is titled “ Ron English / Guernica” and focuses on the iconic Picasso painting with a contemporary American twist.

Guernica, perhaps Pablo Picasso’s most famous piece, was created in 1937 in response to the Nazi bombing of Guernica, Spain. Considered the most influential pacifist painting in history, English has some big shoes to fill with his rendition of Guernica.

In addition to various Guernica renditions, fans can anticipate a number of pieces from the “Godfather of Street Art” that feature popular cartoon characters from The Flintstones, Star Wars and The Simpsons to name a few.

The gallery writes,

“Ron English creates hyperrealistic visions of your weirdest pop nightmares – perhaps experienced after a night of fast food, flipping TV channels and ingesting psychedelics. Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, Barack Obama and Tony the Tiger are some of English’s main muses, all squeaky-clean symbols of the American dream with a hint of something sour beneath the surface. Seamlessly shifting between the modes of fine art, graffiti, advertising and activism, English remains the art world’s favorite outsider. His glistening depictions never just praise or condemn, but rather capture the energy swirling around a hot topic and pump it full of possibilities like a shiny, new balloon.”


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Take a look at select works of art from “Ron English / Guernica” above. The show will be open to the public from September 22 up until October 19.

Jelani Arthur Williamson

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