New York, b.1963

Cary Leibowitz

For decades, Cary Leibowitz has been the New York art world's master painter of abjection and neurosis, self-loathing, selfdoubt, and self-interrogation—“like a human dynamo of insecurity,” Rhonda Lieberman wrote in Artforum in 1992. In those years, he was still known as Candyass, a prankster-critic of neo-expressionist grandiosity—and one whose selfmocking good humor belied a universe of anxiety below the surface, particularly as the AIDS crisis devastated New York.

Cary Leibowitz has exhibited in museums and institutions across the globe including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; The Jewish Museum, New York; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis; PS1 MoMA, New York; to name just a few. His work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Artforum, The New York...

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Biography

For decades, Cary Leibowitz has been the New York art world's master painter of abjection and neurosis, self-loathing, selfdoubt, and self-interrogation—“like a human dynamo of insecurity,” Rhonda Lieberman wrote in Artforum in 1992. In those years, he was still known as Candyass, a prankster-critic of neo-expressionist grandiosity—and one whose selfmocking good humor belied a universe of anxiety below the surface, particularly as the AIDS crisis devastated New York.

Cary Leibowitz has exhibited in museums and institutions across the globe including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; The Jewish Museum, New York; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis; PS1 MoMA, New York; to name just a few. His work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Artforum, The New York Times, Frieze Magazine, Art in America, among others, and is included in the permanent collection of the Chase Manhattan Bank, the Hirshhorn Museum, and The Jewish Museum in New York. He is currently represented by New Discretions in New York.

ARTIST STATEMENT
I guess people read into everything
Is it just distrust? Or belief and curiosity?
I usually try and stay away from making “important” things
I feel like lots of important things have a metaphor or connections that can be snooty-snarky-condescending or worse – boringly-over-used
If I write down (draw) what I want then it’s what I want
Maybe I should stop
I expect too much and am always disappointed

Artworks

I Always Take the Easy Way Out I Want Success But Don't Want the Pressure, 2018

Related Categories

21st Century Art / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Contemporary American Art / Humor and Satire / Latex Paint / Latex Paint on Wood Panel / New York / Painting / Social Issues / United States / Wood Panel / Word as Image

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • BFA, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    [upcoming] TBD, Gallery 1226, Dallas, TX

  • 2018

    I need to grow up and be taken seriously said the clown at the urinal, Cary Leibowitz, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, NY

  • Happy Days Good Times/ Vicey Versy, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Word Up!, C24 Gallery, New York, NY

  • Boyz Keep Swinging, curated by Maynard Monrow, Keyes Art, Sag Harbor NY, June 22 - July 1, 2019.

  • 2018

    Summer of Love, Freight and Volume, New York, July 20 - September 5, 2018.

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Education

  • BFA, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    [upcoming] TBD, Gallery 1226, Dallas, TX

  • 2018

    I need to grow up and be taken seriously said the clown at the urinal, Cary Leibowitz, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, NY

  • Happy Days Good Times/ Vicey Versy, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • Prequel Nyquil, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, San Francisco, CA

  • Phylliss Diller If You Do, Phyllis Diller If You Don’t, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA

  • Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX

  • Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2017

    Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • 2016

    Nearly 30 year old stuff, Flowers in vases, etc. INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, NY

  • 2015

    NICE TO MEET YOU (since I’ve never been to Scotland), Lust & The Apple, Gorebridge, Scotland

  • 2013

    (paintings and belt buckles), INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, NY

  • I Need To Start Seeing A Therapist, Outdoor Public Installation at Pier 94, The Armory Show, NY

  • 2009

    Ye Olde Candyass Muggery, Alexander Gray Associates, NY

  • 2007

    I Love Warhol Piss Paintings, Alexander Gray Associates, NY

  • 2005

    Cary Leibowitz, Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY

  • 2003

    Candyass: The Multiples Of Cary Leibowitz, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada

  • 2002

    Faggy Faggy Boom Boom, Soundvision, Portland, OR

  • Cary Leibowitz Multiples, Walker Art Center, MN

  • 2001

    Gain! Wait! Now!, Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY

  • Accumulated Crap for Collectors: The Multiples 1989-2001, Clifford Smith Gallery, Boston, MA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Word Up!, C24 Gallery, New York, NY

  • Boyz Keep Swinging, curated by Maynard Monrow, Keyes Art, Sag Harbor NY, June 22 - July 1, 2019.

  • 2018

    Summer of Love, Freight and Volume, New York, July 20 - September 5, 2018.

  • Between Bust and Boom: Artists in the Slack Years, 1990-2005, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

  • 2017

    Heartbreak Hotel, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York

  • 2016

    LGBTQ Survival Guide, curated by Steed Taylor, The Center, New York

  • 2015

    Viewer Discretion, curated by Kathleen Cullen, Stux+Haller, New York

  • Melancholia, Galerie VIVID, Rotterdam, NL

  • Art Rotterdam, Galerie VIVID, Rotterdam, NL

  • WPA Select, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

  • 2014

    Great Expections, Gallery Diet, Miami, FL

  • Not For All My Little Words, curated by Tim Hawkinson, Marc Strauss, New York

  • Das stille Leben des Sammlers Kempinski, Exile, Berlin, Germany

  • 2013

    Jew York, Zach Feuer Gallery and Untitled Gallery, New York

  • 2012

    Textual Attraction, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York

  • Summer Camp, Schroeder Romero & Shredder, New York

  • Hard Targets - Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN

  • 2011

    Notes on Notes on Camp, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York

  • 2010

    Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism, The Jewish Museum of New York, New York

  • Multiple Pleasure: Functional Objects in Contemporary Art, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

  • Heads Or Tails, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York

  • Think Pink, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL

  • Hard Targets, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

  • 2009

    Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter, MoMA PS1, New York

  • LEARN TO READ ART: A History of Printed Matter, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Talk Dirty to Me..., Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York

  • The End, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA

  • 2007

    Common Threads, Illingworth Kerr Gallery at Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB

  • Repairing the World: Contemporary Ritual Art, The Jewish Museum, New York

  • ceci n´est pas... (this is not...), Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York

  • Common Threads, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PE

  • LACE Annual Benefit, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

  • Situation Comedy, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

  • 2006

    Safe: an exploration of domesticity ..., Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York

  • it is, "what is it?", Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

  • Humor Me, H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

  • 2005

    Post No Bills, White Columns, New York

  • Trade, White Columns, New York

  • 2004

    Conscious Consciousness, curated by Mathew Singer Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2003

    Assimilatiana: Conscious Consciousness, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, PA

  • Mama's Boy, White Columns, New York

  • Candyass: The Multiples of Cary Leibowitz, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada

  • 2002

    I shop, therefore it’s Christmas, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany

  • The Holiday Shopping Show, Wallspace, New York

  • Love, David Risley Gallery, London, UK

  • State of the Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

  • Stop Copying Me Stop Copying Me, Arcadia College, Pittsburgh, PA

  • 2001

    Space Co-Opted, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

  • Terra! Terra!, Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio, Italy

  • Benefit 2001 Raffle, Momenta Art, New York

  • Blondies and Brownies, weiß weiß bin ich auch, Aktionsforum Praterinsel, Munich, Germany

  • Lighten Up - Art with a Sense of Humor, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

  • 2000

    Schmuck, Ten in One Gallery, New York

  • Not Without Laughter, Gallery M, New York

  • I saw stars, Momenta Art, New York

Performance

  • Fear of Jewish Planet (with Rhonda Lieberman), Four Walls, New York

Collections

  • Jewish Museum, New York

  • Chase Manhattan Bank, New York

  • Fidelity Investments, Dallas TX

  • Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC

  • Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence KS

  • Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Syracuse NY

  • Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown MA

  • The Art Institute of Chicago

  • The Peter and Eileen Norton Collection

  • The Robert J. Shiffler Foundation, Dayton OH

Publications

  • Cary Leibowitz, Museum Show, Contemporary Jeish Museum, San Francsico, 2017.

  • Rosenfield Lafo, Rachel. "Lighten Up: Art with a sense of Humor , Mercantile Press, 2001.

  • Von Uslar, Rafael. “Expect Copying. The Sting of pearls of modernism,” mode of art. Kunstverein für die Rheinland und Westfallen, Düsseldorf, 1999.

  • Rubin, David S. It’s Only Rock and Roll. Prestel-Verlag, Munich, 1995.

  • Blake, Nayland, Rinder, Lawrence and Scholder, Amy. In A Different Light. City Lights, San Francisco, 1995.

  • Saldanha, Claudia (curator). Correspondencias. Paço Imperial, Rio De Janeiro, 1995.

  • von Usler, Rafael. Vom Umgang mit der Geschicte. Bochum, Germany, 1995.

  • Santoro, Vittorio and Kurjakovic, Daniel (ed.) The Pleasure of Merely Circulating. Memory/Cage Editions, Zurich, 1995.

  • Tucker, Marcia. Bad Girls. MIT Press, New York, 1994.

  • Ray, Rex and Smith Wayne (ed.) Some Weird Sin II. Endpapers, San Francisco, 1993-1994.

Bibliography

  • “Cary Leibowitz,” Col/ecteurs Magazine, May 2018.

  • Daily Plinth, April 23, 2018.

  • Zanes, Anna, “The Patriarch of Pathetic Aesthetics,” Office Magazine, April 2018.

  • Review, New Yorker, April 16, 2018.

  • Wilson, Michael, “Cary Leibowitz,” Time Out New York, April 2, 2018.

  • Harkness, Hilary, “Candyass’s Clipper-Class Classicism — Decoded!” Huffington Post, March 24, 2016.

  • Goldstein, Michael. “City Lives,” The Artists Forum Magazine, Nov. 25, 2015.

  • Durón, Maximilíano. “Preview NADA Miami Beach, 2015,” Artnews.com, December 2, 2015.

  • Art Space Editors. “Artists to Watch at NADA Miami Beach 2015,” Artspace.com, November 30, 2015.

  • Lescaze, Zoë. “18 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before September 9,” GalleristNY.com, September 3, 2013.