Annika Connor has been privileged to have her paintings featured in a variety of exhibitions. Here are some highlights from a few of her upcoming, and selected recent shows.
ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE
In January, 2018 The Untitled Space gallery was pleased to present ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE group exhibition, curated by gallery director and artist Indira Cesarine, featuring the work of more than 80 contemporary artists responding to the political climate in America since the election of President Donald Trump. The show opened on January 16th, and was on view through February 4th. ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE marks the one year anniversary of the inauguration of one of the most controversial presidents in American history. In a follow up to the gallery’s critically acclaimed group show “UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN,” which opened during the week of the 2017 presidential inauguration, exhibition ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE features artwork across all mediums addressing the issues our society has been confronted with since the election such as immigration rights, health care, reproductive rights, climate change, transgender rights, white supremacy, gender equality, gun control, sexual harassment, as well as countless other issues which have given rise to mass protest throughout the United States and abroad over the past year. ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE celebrates art as activism, giving voices to contemporary artists from all backgrounds, ages and genders. Through works motivated by the controversial policies and practices of our current president, the exhibition sheds light on the challenging issues of contemporary culture in the face of the presidential political agenda.
SECRET GARDEN: THE FEMALE GAZE ON EROTICA
The Untitled Space gallery was pleased to present “SECRET GARDEN: The Female Gaze on Erotica” a group exhibition of female identifying artists exploring figurative works of nudes and erotic art. Curated by Indira Cesarine, the exhibit was on view from June 27 – August 5th and included works of painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, pottery, sculpture, collage, mixed media and video. The exhibit title is inspired by the book, “My Secret Garden”, published in 1973 by sex positive feminist author Nancy Friday who was instrumental in addressing taboos revolving around female sexuality in the early 70s and an important figure of the feminist sexual liberation movement. Through historical works of pioneering feminist artists such as Betty Tompkins and Joan Semmel, to that of emerging contemporary female artists such as Annika Connor, Andrea Mary Marshall, Myla Dalbesio, India Munuez, Katie Commodore, and Leah Schrager. SECRET GARDEN presented works by taboo shattering artists who fearlessly address sexual themes in their art and celebrate freedom of expression.
THE UNTITLED SPACE: SHE INSPIRES GROUP SHOW
The Untitled Space gallery was pleased to present exhibition, SHE INSPIRES, curated by gallery director and artist Indira Cesarine, featuring 60 contemporary artists with works honoring inspirational women. In the divisive and challenging era we are currently experiencing filled with political turmoil, protest and uncertainty, it is important to reflect on those that inspire us. The exhibition, “SHE INSPIRES” presented artworks of many mediums, revolving around women that have made a positive impact on the world. Each work was an ode to a woman or group of women that has shaped our past, present and/or will help form our future. The exhibit aims to not only explore themes of inspiration of present day female role models, but also the legacy of women who have paved the way, and to inspire and empower others with visual art on the subject. The exhibit took place from May 2- May 26, 2017, with several events to taking place including an opening reception on May 2nd, a special performance by renowned dancer Katherine Crockett in collaboration with artist Laura Weyl on May 9th as well as an artist talk on May 16th.
10% of exhibition proceeds from the show benefited non-profit She Should Run, a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization expanding the talent pool of future elected female leaders. She Should Run started as a project in 2008 and has evolved to become a movement working to create a culture that inspires women and girls to aspire towards public leadership. She Should Run believes that women of all backgrounds should have an equal shot at elected leadership and that The United States will benefit from having a government with varied perspectives and experiences.
THE UNTITLED SPACE: UPRISE/ANGRY WOMEN GROUP SHOW EXHIBIT
The Untitled Space gallery wass pleased to present exhibition, UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN, curated by gallery director and artist Indira Cesarine, featuring the work of 80 female contemporary artists responding to the current social and political climate in America in light of the recent presidential election.
The exhibit took place from January 17- 28, 2017, opening the week of the presidential inauguration, with several events that took place including an opening reception on January 17th and event on January 22nd – which marks the 44th anniversary of landmark case Roe vs Wade.
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212 ARTS: MOTHER NATURE EXHIBIT
Mother Nature is a group show featuring six female artists curated by Joseph Grazi. The exhibition at 212 Arts opened Thursday, March 10th, 2016 and runs till March 30th. 212 arts is located at 240 E 4th Street, New York City, 10009 (btwn Avenue A and Avenue B). Mother Nature is an exhibition aimed at exploring the darker and more taboo sides of nature from the female perspective.
Featuring the art of Jamie Roadkill, Caitlin McCormack, ELLE, Annika Connor, Vexta, and Christina Neener Stott, the Mother Nature exhibition looks at the maternal side of our primal fears, and the predatory inclinations that come with it. Utilizing a diverse range of mediums, from the traditional like paint to the non traditional like bone, the artists explore our darker instincts, and an infatuation with the taboo inside us all.
THE UNTITLED SPACE: IN THE RAW: THE FEMALE GAZE ON THE NUDE EXHIBIT
Curated by Indira Cesarine and Coco Dolle, the exhibit will be on view from May 4 – June 4th, and includes works of photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media and video. Throughout history the nude has been the muse of countless artists, yet for the most part, until recently, that perspective has been predominately male.
The past several decades have ushered in a new era of powerful female visual storytellers, who focus on their own personal experiences as women, and embrace a vision of the nude that is brave and honest. Each artist brings her own voice to the forefront, whether channeled through an autobiographical point of view, whimsical, raw or erotic lens, it remains fearlessly uncensored.
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THE UNTITLED MAGAZINE: THE "F" WORD: FEMINSIM IN ART
The Untitled Magazine is pleased to present: “The ‘F’ Word: Feminism in Art” A group show of 20 female contemporary artists at The Untitled Space in New York City. Curated by gallery director Indira Cesarine and Denise Krimershmoys of Vohn Gallery, the exhibit features a wide array of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and embroidery. Each artist individually addresses concepts revolving around feminism with works that either
challenge gender stereotypes or embrace female empowerment, with literal or metaphorical visual language. Featured artists include: Annika Connor, Anya Rubin, Christina Kruse, Coco Dolle, CocoRosie, Elektra KB, Ellen Jong, Frances Goodman, Hye Rim Lee, Indira Cesarine, Jennifer Caviola aka Cake, Jessica Lichtenstein, Langdon Graves, Mari Kim, Natalie White, Robyn Hasty, Sophia Wallace, Tatyana Murray, Vexta, and Zana Briski.
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THE UNTITLED MAGAZINE & THE UNTITLED SPACE: FLORA/FAUNA SOLO EXHIBIT
“Flora/Fauna” features works by artist Annika Connor, including watercolor and oil paintings revolving around the themes of nature and wildlife. Annika Connor is a Contemporary Romantic painter. Her work depicts a fascination with beauty in nature. This show focus on Connor’s nature based painting which offer an artistic escape from urban life.
Continuing in the Audubon tradition of artistic ornithology, many of Connor’s bird paintings seem filtered through a lens of the imagination, effectively transporting the birds from the world of the real to a magical realm of observation and flight.
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THE UNTITLED MAGAZINE & VOHN GALLERY PRESENTS: HUMAN/NATURE EXHIBIT
The Untitled Magazine joined forces with Vohn Gallery to present an exhibition of 20 artists titled “human/nature.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will go to benefit environmental organization Pure Earth. On view from February 3-6, the exhibit is curated by Gary Krimershmoys, Indira Cesarine and Joseph Grazi.
Featured artists including: Adam Erick Wallace, Andre Eamiello, Annika Connor, Anya Rubin, BaltzerGlass, Bryan Kopling, Erin Victoria Axtell, Evan Desmond Yee, Indira Cesarine, Jordan Doner, Joseph Grazi, Karli Henneman, Meredith Ostrom, Peter Beard, Phil Marco, Randy Polumbo, Rob Voerman, Serge Strosberg, Susan Kleinberg, Tatyana Murray, and Taxiplasm.
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ABLE FINE ART NY GALLERY: DAWN TO DECADENCE
Able Fine Art NY Gallery is pleased to present the gallery’s debut exhibition with talented artist Annika Connor, opening on November 26th and running through December 10th, 2014. Connor is a Brooklyn-based painter who works in the decadent aesthetic of a romantic. The exhibition features her latest watercolor and oil painting series that meditate on indulgence and psychoneurosis.
Connor puts a fascinating spin on “beauty” via disenchantment in a world of mutated fantasy. The nostalgic aspiration to the materialistic and hedonistic life of the past allows a sort of spiritual contemplation to travel and escape out of the mundane.Connor's idealistic images draw upon the anxieties and delirium associated with decadence. Her color-rich paintings bring the external stimuli of the artist, who is also an actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.
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PHILIPS de PURY & COMPANY PRESENTS: WATERCOLORS
New York - Phillips de Pury & Company is pleased to present Watercolors, a curated selling exhibition featuring a diverse group of contemporary works by artists who have moved beyond using watercolor paint as an auxiliary mode of expression to embracing it as their primary medium. The exhibition showcased over 80 abstract and figurative works that challenge the romantic ideologies associated with historical watercolor.
This exhibition was organized in conjunction with Active Ideas Productions, Inc. AI Productions serves the artistic community by facilitating awareness of emerging artists and educating the public about their work. Also in partnership are galleries 303, Ricco Maresca, Bravin Lee Programs, Greenberg Van Doren, Halsey McKay, Tripoli, Salomon Contemporary, Eli Ridgway, and Nicole Klagsburn.
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QF GALLERY: ANNIKA CONNOR & THE HITCHCOCK KISS SOLO EXHIBIT
"In the Hampton’s quaint QF Gallery, painter Annika Connor brings life to a new body of her signature modern romance. In her traditional style, “The Hitchcock Kiss” is literal eye candy; a feast of grandeur and opulence in both sumptuous color and decadent subject matter. Connor’s paintings are truly escapist, letting the viewer indulge in a romantic fantasy, and weave their own narratives as they get lost in the corners of Connor’s stately rooms, Technicolor gardens and warm embraces. Its easy to slip away into a daydream with any of Connor’s tableaus as the suitable backdrop.
Rich and plush, the interiors evoke a certain romance from days past- bringing to mind tales of great love stories, before the impersonality of technology and modern life complicated the world. The carefully calculated rooms could be lifted from old Hollywood, from great cinematic scenes from the silver screen in the 1940s and 50s- when the message was passion, glitz and glamour. In fact, Connor’s paintings function much like films- which were initially created to give the audience a brief retreat from the stresses of their everyday lives with sixty minutes of artistic escapism. "
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FORDPROJECT: OPULENT VISION
Spanning across disciplines from painting to sculpture to conceptual works on paper, the exhibition provides a look at a selection of fordPROJECT's inaugural roster of artists, with the debut of new voices. Opulent Vision presents unique perspectives that reflect historical ceremonies, mythical lands, and unique architectural environments.
The exhibition will fill the gallery’s penthouse space with vivid colors, rich wallpaper, paintings of inspired interiors, and a site-specific installation. Artists in Opulent Vision previously on view at fordPROJECT include Lisha Bai, Alessandro Belgiojoso, Kent Henricksen, and Naama Tsabar. fordPROJECT is pleased to introduce new artists Annika Connor, Kristen Schiele and Veronica Smirnoff.
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