Frank Pictures Gallery is profoundly moved to present AIN’T, a group show of 15 artists under 25 and two towering figures of the art world: Larry Clark and Anthony Ausgang. Curated by Louis Eisner and Nick Darmsteadter, the show is in many ways a follow up to their wildly successful first exhibition at Frank Pictures, SLICED, which they curated at the gallery while still in high school in 2005. Artists include Nick and Louis, Jack Greer, Brendan and Dylan Lynch, who all participated in SLICE; Isaac Brest, the founder of the Still House Group in New York , Alex de Corte, Grear Patterson, Arien Valizadeh, Alex Perweiler, Kevin Heyes, Lucien Smith, Zach Suskind, Jane Moseley and Gia Coppola. All are recent graduates of leading universities and art schools including New York University School of the Arts, Cooper Union, Bard, Columbia, Otis, Parsons, the New School, and the School of Visual Arts. They have all shown widely in New York, Miami and California in solo and group shows including the Dia Foundation, Deitch Projects, the Museum of Mexico City, RVCA Gallery, the Queens Museum of Art, the National Arts Club, and various shows curated by The Still House Group and Beth DeWoody.
Ain’t has a particular resonance for me as the gallerist, not only because I hosted their 2005 show and was able to experience first hand their phenomenal growth as people and as artists, but also because three of the artists involved have grown up with me personally. Jane Moseley’s father, Bill, was my best friend from Yale and I’ve known her since she was but a twinkle. Gia Coppola was my closest neighbor in Whitely Heights and Sandy Iwataki Darmsteadter, Nick’s mother, was becoming a close friend and creative collaborator before we lost her many years ago. Together we are truly making art history.