Tajh Rust (b. 1989)
If I had a dream, 2021
Oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
© Tajh Rust. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Christopher Gardner.

Anthony Cudahy (b. 1989)
Us (with Jacob’s Ladder, Apocalypse Tree, Lion), 2020
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches (182.88 x 152.40 cm)
© Anthony Cudahy. Courtesy the artist and 1969 Gallery.

Cheryl Pope (b. 1982)
Woman and Man Reclining on Striped Mat XVI, 2020
Needle-punched wool roving on cashmere, painted wood frame
51 x 48 inches (129.5 x 121.9 cm)
© Cheryl Pope. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Danielle McKinney (b. 1981)
To Talk About God, 2020
Acrylic on canvas panel
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
© Danielle McKinney. 
Courtesy the artist and Fortnight Institute, New York. Photo: Matthew Booth.


Jordan Casteel (b. 1989)
Golden Girl, 2019
Oil on canvas
72 x 56 inches (182.88 x 142.24 cm)
© Jordan Casteel. Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photo: Jason Wyche.




Jenna Gribbon (b. 1979)
Lunch Touch, 2020
Oil on Linen
12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
© Jenna Gribbon. 
Courtesy the artist and Fredericks & Freiser, New York. Photo: Cary Whittier.

and I will wear you in my heart of heart

May 1 - August 13, 2021
Gareth Cadwallader
Jordan Casteel
Will Cotton
Ann Craven
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Anthony Cudahy
John Currin
Cynthia Daignault
TM Davy
Peter Doig
Carroll Dunham
Louis Fratino
Jay Lynn Gomez
Jenna Gribbon
Caleb Hahne
Sally J. Han
Hilary Harkness
Reggie Burrows Hodges
Ernst Yohji Jaeger
Sanya Kantarovsky
Arghavan Khosravi
Danielle McKinney
GaHee Park
Nicolas Party
Cheryl Pope
Tajh Rust
Joan Semmel
Alessandro Teoldi
Honor Titus
Salman Toor
Anna Weyant
Lisa Yuskavage
Billie Zangewa

The FLAG Art Foundation presents and I will wear you in my heart of heart, a group exhibition of contemporary paintings and textiles on view May 1-August 13, 2021, on its 9th floor. Centering on a gesture of care, the exhibition explores the myriad ways in which artists evoke tenderness though depictions of lovers and friends, familial exchanges, moments of solitude, and even a cowboy and his pastel pink unicorn. Heart of heart includes recent and new works created for the exhibition that embody the cross-generational resurgence in figurative painting as a mode of exploring identity, cultural histories, and personal experiences.

Heart of heart nods to line spoken by Hamlet[1] and addresses that which we hold closest, be it a relationship, a feeling, one’s own well-being, an object, or a dream. Illustratively, the “heart of heart” is akin to a castle’s keep, an innermost stronghold and safeguard from the outside world. Reggie Burrows Hodges, Jordan Casteel, and Arghavan Khosravi depict relationships between parents and children in largescale, hyperchromatic canvases. TM Davy and Jenna Gribbon position viewers as voyeurs who are momentarily granted access to a fleeting gesture between lovers and friends. Moments of solitary contemplation are depicted in dreamlike paintings by Peter Doig, Danielle McKinney, and Ernst Yohji Jaeger, while Joan Semmel’s unflinching depiction of aging, set to monumental scale and luminous coloration, encapsulates the vulnerability of the human body. Made of materials that typically dress and wrap the body, textiles by Cheryl Pope (needle-punched wool roving on cashmere), Alessandro Teoldi (reconstituted airline blankets), and Billie Zangewa (hand-stitched and collaged silk) connote touch, comfort, and connectivity—intrinsic elements of tenderness.

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[1] “[…]Give me that man / That is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him /  In my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart, / As I do thee.” (Hamlet 3.2.65-67); Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Ed. George Richard Hibbard. Oxford University Press, 2008. Google Books.