Perrotin New York presents a group exhibition surveying contemporary, figurative painting that seeks to re-examine the romantic
embrace. The history of painting is rife with heterosexual depictions of intimacy: couples caught in a tender embrace or in vulnerable
companionship. Yet, conspicuously absent throughout, are queer examples of these same behaviors. This exhibition proposes an
investigation into sensitive depictions of romance and the poetry of contemporary quotidian queer life.
Homosexual love often eluded the canon, and even when not outright censored, found entrance through the usage of tempered
and codified presentation. In the wake of Stonewall, and later, in response to the AIDS epidemic, a stark and necessary political
turn was taken. Artists shifted their practices to create iconic, combative works, which acted as virulent retorts to oppressive
censorship and the urgency of the times.