Acclaimed LES Artist Antony Zito Brings ‘Displacement’ to the Mark Miller Gallery

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 at 10:09 am by
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Antony Zito has been a fixture of the Lower East Side alternative art world for two decades. The prominent artist became the prorprietor of the former Zito Studio Gallery at 122 Ludlow, which closed in 2006 (it’s now Cocoro salon). He’s still active on the local streets, periodically commissioned to paint a gate mural, most recently for Gallery Bar before its transition to Max Fish. But now he’s partaking in a “large scale” gallery event.

Indeed, a comprehensive collection of Zito’s output from the last twenty years will be on display at the Mark Miller Gallery starting tonight. The show is called “Displacement – Antony Zito – Then and Now,” and will focus on the “dissolution of culture and the displacement of neighborhoods.” Relevant given the hyper-gentrification and displacement of the Lower East Side in recent years.

According to the press release, Zito will be in residence at 92 Orchard Street for the next month painting live portraits on found objects, items the public is asked to bring in from their “own adventures.” Much like those days of yore on Ludlow.

Zito’s early portraits of friends and neighbors scribe a distinct line through the culture that once was the Lower East Side. This was his neighborhood and Zito painted its inhabitants onto the stuff they stepped over on the sidewalk, the displaced relics and detritus of the city. Included in the show, on loan from Jim Jarmusch, is Zito’s portrait of “Lee Marvin” that was hung alongside The White Stripes in “Coffee and Cigarettes”, the film which featured, yet another displaced Lower East Side legend, the late and infamous, Taylor Mead.

“Displacement” runs at the Mark Miller Gallery through December 4. Kickoff party is tonight at 6pm.

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[Zito Studio Gallery c. 2003 / Photo: Zito Studio Gallery]

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