Wednesday, October 17, 2012

'Boys Don't Cry' and a Different Type of Art Gallery

IN “Boys Don’t Cry,” a photographer, a large-scale painter and a massive minimalist sketch artist give vent to some common emotions, creating an engaging and sometimes surprising mosaic.

The works of Joseph Cultice, Chris Jehly and Rich Tu are on display through 8 Nov. at Baang + Burne Contemporary, one of New York City’s newest visual art galleries. (See video above of the recent opening night reception.)

There are three ways to see "Boys Don't Cry." First, stop by Baang + Burne during gallery hours. Second, through a pre-arranged private tour. Finally, a private cocktail next Tuesday (23 Oct.,

Just as potentially interesting as the art is the gallery displaying it. Named for Cold War espionage terms describing covert demolition and sabotage operations, Baang + Burne has set forth as its mission to bring art out of the stratosphere and down to earth where people live.

Promotional poster from "Boys Don't Cry." Image courtesy of Baang + Burne Contemporary.

Visitors to Baang + Burne should not expect to be greeted by an attractive, contemptuous and dismissive young woman clad in high-fashion designer threads. Nor must they hold an advanced degree in art history to be treated like something other than a bug under her Jimmy Choos.

Founded by painter Kesha Bruce and visual artist Charlie Grosso, Baang + Bang's tagline is “an unconventional art gallery with the spirit of an indie rock band.”

Visit to learn more about “Boys Don’t Cry” and Baang + Bang Contemporary.

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