David Gilbert in conversation with Nic Nicosia

12.26 and Erin Cluley Gallery present, David Gilbert in conversation with Nic Nicosia. Neighboring galleries 12.26 and Erin Cluley Gallery bring together artists David Gilbert and Nic Nicosia for a conversation in conjunction with the recent launch of Culture Place. Coming from different generations but similar perspectives in their approach to making photographs, Gilbert and Nicosia will come together for a lively and candid dialogue.

David Gilbert is a Los Angeles-based artist. In his newest series of photographs, Gilbert documents temporal yet epic scenes imbued with romance, desire and dramatic light that he creates in his studio. Gilbert received a BFA from New York University in 2004 and an MFA from the University of California Riverside in 2011. He has exhibited nationally and internationally for over a decade. His work has recently been written about in Art in America, Artforum and The New York Times.

Nic Nicosia was born in 1951 in Dallas where he continues to live and work. Nicosia is widely acknowledged as a groundbreaking artist who chose to manipulate the traditional construct of a photograph in order to represent a new fictional reality. He received a BS in 1974 in Radio-TV-Film from The University of North Texas with a concentration in motion pictures. Following a 1982 solo exhibition at Artists Space in New York, he was included in the 1983 Whitney Biennial, and the Guggenheim’s 1983 Exxon National Exhibition. He has been included in several biennials including Documenta IX in 1992, and a second Whitney Biennial in 2000. In 1999 the Contemporary Arts Museum, in Houston, launched a 20-year retrospective of Nicosia's work; Nic Nicosia, Real Pictures 1979-1999. Nicosia works reside in many museum collections including: The Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Dallas Museum of Art, and The Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

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