“Cruel Summer” is taking place at both locations of Jonathan LeVine Gallery (557C West 23rd Street and 529 West 20th Street, in Chelsea) and will run through August 23 featuring works by over 20 artists, including: Ben Venom, Blade, Caleb Neelon, Cleon Peterson, Cope, Dabs Myla, Eric Haze, Finok, Freedom, Horfe, HuskMitNavn, Mark Bode, Maya Hayuk, Mike Ballard (Cept), Mike Giant, Niagara, Pose, Revok, Rime, Risk, Sam Friedman, Shepard Fairey, Tim Conlon and Victor Reyes.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery recently held the opening reception for “Cruel Summer,” a group exhibition curated by collector and graffiti historian Roger Gastman. “The summer of 1984 was awesome,” he explains. “The space shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage, Apple released the Macintosh personal computer, the Olympics rallied the world together and Karate Kid was the hit film featuring the song ‘Cruel Summer’ by Bananarama. The song and its video of three gorgeous young women roaming the streets of New York City inspired this show.”