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Last Rites Gallery NYC – Inaugural Show at New Location

Yesterday was the final day of the inaugural group show “Last Rites” at the NEW Last Rites Gallery and Tattoo Theatre location on West 38th St. The theme of this show asked artists to interpret the concept of Last Rites. There were a lot of diverse interpretations of the concept, as well many different mediums utilized from the group of 40 incredible artists.
Wikepedia defines last rites (in the Catholic tradition) as: meant to prepare the dying person’s soul for death, by providing absolution for sins by penance, sacramental grace and prayers for the relief of suffering through anointing, and the final administration of the Eucharist, known as “Viaticum,” which is Latin for “provision for the journey.”
With that in mind, it was interesting to see how some of these artists illustrate and riff on the idea. You can see some pics from our visit below, or view the entire show preview here.

We also loved the new space itself. It’s HUGE! 3 floors worth of morbid and crazy shit on it’s walls! We took our time to drool all over the excellent decor and HR Giger collection. That’s right folks. A goddamn Giger collection.
The main floor really allows the artwork to breath. The upstairs features a lounge area with couches where you can take in a bunch of other great artworks from the likes of Travis Louie, David Stoupakis, Paul Booth, and an entire section dedicated to Giger’s work. The lower level is like stepping into a crypt. Large paintings and robed-ghouls painted with red ambient light watch over the many who enter here and receive some ink from the very talented Tattooists working in this dungeon. Last Rites has really outdone itself, and we look forward to stopping by for future shows, and maybe even some fresh ink.

Artists include:
William Basso, Dilek Baykara, Murielle Belin, Matthew Bone, Scott G Brooks, Matt Buck, Santiago Caruso, Colin Christian, Christopher Conte, Rory Coyne, Crajes, Yoko d’Holbachie, Matt Dangler, Brian Despain, Leslie Ditto, Gerard Di-Maccio, Naoto Hattori, Chris Haas, Fred Harper, Fay Helfer, Luke Kopycinksi, Craig LaRotonda, Kari-Lise Alexander, Michael Mararian, Angie Mason, Marco Mazzoni, menton3, Billy Norrby, Richard J Oliver, Shane Pierce, Xiao Qing Ding, Allison Sommers, Beau Stanton, David Stoupakis, Heiidi Taillefer, Brian Viveros, Adam Wallacavage, Eric Wilkerson, Jasmine Worth, Vincent Xeus, Hannah Faith Yata, Kate Zambrano, Chet Zar

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“Tarot Under Oath” Opening Tonight at Last Rites Gallery

Tonight, Last Rites Gallery opens the doors of its brand new location for the reception of Tarot Under Oath – guest curated by Aunia Kahn. Aunia previously curated the LowBrow Tarot show at La Luz De Jesus in LA – which was incredible – so I’ve been looking forward to seeing what kind of new interpretations these artists will bring to the Major Arcana of the Tarot. The show has a good mix of talented artists, who all bring a different style and approach to their depictions of the Tarot.

Artists include: Lori Field, Julie Zarate, Aunia Kahn, Tom Bagshaw, Vincent Castiglia, Jasmine Worth, Dilka Bear, Jeremy Hush, J.A.W. Cooper, Bec Winnel, Melissa Hartley, Craww, Jared Joslin, Gustavo Rimada, Ransom & Mitchell, Scott Scheidly, Brian Despain, Jason Levesque, Tatiana Suarez, N.C. Winters, Sarah Joncas and Lara Dann. The exhibition will coincide with the release of a companion art book of the same title, featuring the artwork, artist statements and more.

Last Rites has always been one of my favorite exhibition spaces to see art in NYC, and I can’t wait to see what the new location on W. 38th ST looks like. You can check out the online preview of the show here, but if you’re in the NYC area you can view this amazing show in person from Jan. 25th – March 1st.

Tarot Under Oath @ Last Rites Gallery