Ya Gotta Be Tough

Leo Kesting Gallery Presents:

Ray Sell returns to Leo Kesting Gallery with his 2009 collection entitled Ya Gotta Be Tough, a depiction of the formative years of a boy’s life as a bombardment of masculine imagery to convince the youth to be a man. Ray’s latest exhibition gives the viewer insight into the mind of the American adolescent boy, one who is caught in a whirlwind of masculine preconceptions.

Art Exhibition previously on in New York, United States.
From Thursday 09 July 2009 to Sunday 02 August 2009
Launch Thursday 09 July 2009, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

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Leo Kesting Gallery Presents:
Ray Sell : Ya Gotta Be Tough
July 9 – August 2, 2009
Admission is free to the public
phone: 917-650-3760 / 917-292-8865

Many of Ray’s paintings, such as Target Practice and Tough Guy, hone in on the father-son relationship and how it influences a boy’s idea of manhood. Ya Gotta Be Tough represents the boy’s conception of masculinity as depicted by his father, peers and the media.

The collection of collage pieces, as well as sculpture such as Easy Target, mixed media sculpture, 2009 and Wanna Buck, mixed media sculpture, 2009 are crafted life-size taxidermy deer decoupaged in Ray’s signature style. What better represents the heyday of the man’s man than a taxidermy deer hanging above the mantle?

Leo Kesting Gallery invites you to join us in the unveiling of Ray Sell’s Ya Gotta be Tough with a reception for the artist on Thursday July 9th form 7pm until 11pm. The work will be on display daily until August 2nd.

Leo Kesting Gallery launched in 2003 and developed an aggressive campaign to introduce new figurative artists to collectors and art supporters. Leo Kesting offers the art viewing public an opportunity to see forthcoming talents in an intimate setting where undiscovered, cutting-edge artists are presented to the contemporary art scene.

Leo Kesting Gallery is located at 812 Washington Street at the corner of Gansevoort in Manhattan’s Meat Packing District. A, C, E or L train to 8th Ave and 14th Street or 1, 2, 3 train to 14th Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 11am until 7pm.


812 Washington St (at Gansevoort) NY NY 10014