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Ward of the State: Book ~ Rivera & Rivera

Come out and join artists Patrick Hoelck, Estevan Oriol, Robert Standish, Patrick Martinez and Michael Gregg Michaud for Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse book signing this Saturday, June 25 @ 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Rivera & Rivera Gallery located at 454 N. Robertson Boulevard.

Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse is a group exhibition of works centered on shared muse, Tony Ward. Curated by Robert Standish, the exhibition highlights a diverse collection of images by artists whose lives and careers have at various points been impacted by Ward, as subject, myth and muse. Called “male icon of the century” by Paris Vogue, Ward has been the subject of numerous photographers and designers; he also appeared in Madonna’s book Sex, as well as in some of her hyper-sexualized music videos. Ranging from the 1980s to the present, Ward of the State features paintings, photographs, and works in other media based on Tony Ward’s role as a visual icon. As a collective work of art, Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse reveals Ward as the embodiment of ideals of masculinity, beauty, brutality, fashion, and sexual ambiguity.


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A fifty-page, full-color, hardcover catalogue, enclosed in a custom Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse strait-jacket, with essays by Michael Gregg Michaud and Peter Frank accompanies the exhibition. The Ward of the State catalogue includes artwork by Greg Gorman, Steven Klein, Patrick Hoelck, Patrick Martinez, Herb Ritts, Estevan Oriol, RETNA, Paul Rusconi, Bruce Weber, Robert Standish, Michael Gregg Michaud, Jules Muck, Rick Castro, Christoph Schmidberger, Ray Turner, Maya Mercer and Tony Ward.

~ Mikaela Bender

Rivera & Rivera opens its doors on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11:00am through 6:00pm as well as by appointment. For more deets on Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse ~ oogle Shayna @ 310.713.1635 x Shayna@riveraandrivera.com

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Ward of the State ~ Rivera & Rivera [Gallery]

Rivera & Rivera is having a new exhibition ~ Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse ~ with an opening reception on Saturday, May 21 @ 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Under the Robert Standish curation ~ the group exhibition of works centered on shared muse of Tony Ward ~ highlights a diverse collection of ├╝ber images by artists whose lives and careers have at various points been impacted by Ward ~ as their subject, muse and evolving into a myth. Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse will remain on view til Monday, June 20.


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Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse will showcase artwork by Greg Gorman, Steven Klein, Patrick Hoelck, Patrick Martinez, Herb Ritts, Estevan Oriol, Paul Rusconi, Bruce Weber, Robert Standish, Michael Gregg Michaud, Jules Muck, Rick Castro, Christoph Schmidberger, Ray Turner, Maya Mercer and Tony Ward.

Bestowed the male icon of the century by French Vogue ~ Ward has been the subject of numerous artists, photographers and designers ~ including Bruce Weber, Jim French, Steven Meisel, Herb Ritts, Bruce LaBruce, Ellen Von Unwerth, Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein et cetera. And Ward has also appeared in Madonna’s book ~ Sex ~ and controversial music vid ~ Justify My Love.

In the timeline of 1980s to present ~ Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse will feature paintings, photographs and other media reflecting Ward’s role as an iconic figure. Through their respective mediums, each artist shall communicate a different facet of a man not easily defined. And as a collection, Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse reveals Ward as the embodiment of ideals of masculinity, beauty, brutality, fashion, and sexual ambiguity.

As striking and strongly featured as his face and physique are, Ward serves as a blank canvas for the artists to reinterpret and immortalize his essence and persona for their own artistic devices.

Rivera & Rivera opens its doors on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11am through 6pm as well as by appointment. For more deets on Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse ~ oogle Shayna @ 310.713.1635 x Shayna@riveraandrivera.com

Show Dates ~ Saturday, May 21 through Monday, June 20
Opening Reception ~ Saturday May 21 @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm
RSVP ~ rsvp@riveraandrivera.com

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