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 reveals Ward as the embodiment of ideals of masculinity, beauty, brutality, fashion, and sexual ambiguity.
A 50 page, full-color, hardcover catalogue, enclosed in a custom Ward of the State 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.
Please join artists Patrick Hoelck, Estevan Oriol, Robert Standish, Patrick Martinez and Michael Gregg Michaud for the Ward of the State book signing this Saturday, June 25 from 3-6 pm at Rivera & Rivera Gallery located at 454 N. Robertson Boulevard.