Catch Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Signs @queensmuseum before it closes this Sunday, February 23
#1 Nicolas Mougarrege, Title Unknown, 1984 - 1985
"Moufarrege's work often contain homoerotic content. When juxtaposed with a neoclassical male torso, Moufarrege's reproduction of Roy Lichtenstein's painting Look Mickey (1961) hints at the possibility of sexual encounter. Because using a needle and thread is often associated with women's labor, Moufarrege's embrace of embroidery can also be understood as a challenge to heterosexist norms."
#2 Le sange du phénix (The Blood of the Phoenix), 1975
"This dreamlike image evokes wartime Beirut. Eyes watch over fields of blood-red color, a defiant fist, and the Lebanese flag's cedar tree. An emerging phoenix suggests renewal classical columns with bases reveal the profile of a human face repeat in Nikki, 1976"
(All text from the queens museum)
Nicolas Abdallah Moufarrege (1947–1985) was an artist, critic, and curator born in Alexandria, Egypt to Lebanese parents. As an artist he exhibited in France, Lebanon, and the United States. He was extremely influential in New York; his writings about the Lower East Side arts scene for publications such as New York Native, Arts Magazine, Flash Arts, and Artforum are credited for bringing early attention to galleries in the LES.
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