"The first gallery of The Young and Evil is one of the most reactionary yet radical visions of art on offer anywhere in New York right now. Most viewers won’t be familiar with the names of the artists on display—Paul Cadmus, Jared French, and Pavel Tchelitchew (pronounced Shell-ah-chev)—or with their unapologetically queer paintings made between 1933 and 1950. No matter, the show—it’s lovingly organized by critic Jarrett Earnest and should be expanded into a much larger one at a museum—is an overdue reintroduction to a number of artists whose work is rarely on display, either because it’s deemed in bad taste (often it’s outright kitsch), irrelevant to modernism (it’s not), or too graphically homosexual for public view (maybe it is! Or has been, at least). In equal parts X-rated, salacious, hysterically funny, erotic, violent, fantasy-based, brave, and a wonderful record of secret lives, this first show and much that follows will inspire young artists—especially those looking for confirmation that styles deemed retrograde or conservative may be reignited in revolutionary ways by being deployed in new contexts and with new subject matter."
Read the full review in Vulture
The Young and Evil is on view at 533 West 19th Street in New York through April 13, 2019.
Image: Installation view, The Young and Evil, David Zwirner, New York, 2019