Café des Artistes at KRAVETS/WEHBY Gallery.

August 27th, 2013

Kravets/Wehby Gallery – 521 West 21st Street, Ground Floor – New York, New York 10011

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The Deli on Broadway (Mike D, Spike Lee, ESPO), Tom Sanford 2013

For Immediate Release:

Tom Sanford

Café des Artistes

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates: September 7th – October 12th, 2013

The Kravets/Wehby Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Café des Artistes, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Tom Sanford. The show will open on Thursday, September 5th and run through October 12th, 2013.

“You could grow up in the city where history was made and still miss it all”

- Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude

In Café des Artistes, Tom Sanford presents a series of “New York genre paintings” depicting scenes of extraordinary New Yorkers engaged in the motions and activities of an ordinary life. Some of the characters included are Walt Frazier, Tina Fey, RZA, Jonathan Lethem, Diane Von Furstenberg, Bill T Jones, Woody Allen, Nicole Eisenmann, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Tom Sanford’s “image fiction” paintings take the viewer by surprise by tapping into and mashing up the New York lexicon of culture. Spike Lee is miscast as a Deli guy as a nod to “Mookie” in Do The Rite Thing in Sanford’s painting “The Deli on Broadway.” In “The Bar on 2nd Avenue the artist recycles the composition of Manet’s famous “Bar at the Folies-Bergère,” depicting writer Carlo McCormick tending bar at Lit Lounge to the late Dash Snow. The scenery and settings of New York are just as much the iconic subjects of the paintings as the people they depict.

For further information, please call (212) 352-2238 or email