“New York, I Still Love You”
May 25 – June 8
3 W 57th St, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Cavalier Gallery is pleased to present Guy Stanley Philoche’s long-awaited series, “New York, I Still Love You,” on view from May 25th- June 8th, 2022 at 3 West 57th Street, New York, NY.
“New York, I Still Love You” contains never-before seen works that pay homage to the city that Guy has called home for over 20 years. This collection serves as a celebration of the beauty and grit of the metropolis that has endured and inspired the artist to push through adversity of all kinds. Philoche renders classic New York City motifs such as the soft pretzel, a bodega coffee cup, and a Yankees cap in the frame of a larger-than-life Polaroid picture. In doing so, he emphasizes the desire to capture these nostalgic and iconic cornerstones of New York City identity. The collection in its entirety proves a continued evolution of the artist’s distinctive blend of pop, graffiti, realism, and abstraction that have led him to fame on the global art scene.
As his success as an artist continues to grow, so does Philoche’s dedication to philanthropy in his community. When the pandemic hit in 2020, Philoche turned to Instagram calling out to support his fellow artists who had work to sell. Over the last 2 years, he has purchased over 150 works by up-and-coming artists across the globe, creating what is now The Philoche Collection. Seeing the struggle faced by artists as a result of the pandemic, he took the opportunity to pave the way for others, some of whom had never before sold a painting. His efforts have been honored and supported by major media outlets including CNN, People Magazine, Reuters, Time Out New York, NBC New York, Palm Beach Daily News, the Kelly Clarkson Show, the Tamron Hall Show, and more.
As New York bounces back from the tolls of the pandemic, Philoche has found a special way to celebrate the city that never sleeps. “The reason why I did this series,” says the artist, “is because I got tired of people saying, ‘New York is dead, New York is dead.’ Any New Yorker knowns that that’s far from true. New York is an ever-evolving, vibrant city.” Thus, the goal in creating the “New York, I Still Love You” series has been to “remind people why New York is so great, from the people, the shopping, the theater, and even the rats.”
Image: Guy Stanley Philoche, Home Sweet Home, 2022, mixed media on canvas, 72 x 60 inches