So often we see amateur as a dirty word, but this past weekend at
AMATEURS ONLY, it was anything but. Held on the second floor of The Bowery Hotel, the exhibit showcased 12 unaffiliated artists who aren’t likely to be free agents much longer.
Presented by NYCult and curated by Yasmin Kaytmaz and Brooke Wise (who both had work in the show) the show proved that our soon-to-be-emerging artists are nothing if not diverse. Works on view ranged from a film by Tyler Mitchell exploring black consciousness (very topical, in today’s endless woke v unwoke debates) and Wise’s own metal shrine to Canadian antihero Justin Bieber.
“We took a satirical approach to titling the exhibition, anticipating being labeled as ‘amateurs’ due to our artists being unaffiliated and, in some cases, trained in fields other than fine arts,” says Wise. “We felt these artists deserved a space for their work to be seen, even if they are without gallery representation.”
Meanwhile, it seemed every young hip 20-something in New York turned up for the opening and partied to the wee hours of the morning. So say what you will about so-called “amateurs,” they sure know how to party.