Cary Leibowitz

 

Ye Olde Candyass Muggery

 February 18 - March 19, 2009
Ye Olde Candyass Muggery
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2009
Ye Olde Candyass Muggery
Installation view
Alexander Gray Associates, 2009
I Need to Start Seeing a Therapist (2009)
Printing on ceramic
I Need to Start Seeing a Therapist (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Abraham Lincoln's Friend Sleeps Over  (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Abraham Lincoln's Friend Sleeps Over (2009)
Printing on ceramic
I Am Prepared to Fail (2009)
Printing on ceramic
I Am Prepared to Fail (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Make Things That Express Stuff (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Make Things That Express Stuff (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Abraham Lincoln's Friend Sleeps Over  (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Abraham Lincoln's Friend Sleeps Over (2009)
Printing on ceramic
I Am Happy U Are Happy We Are Happy  (2009)
Printing on glass
I Am Happy U Are Happy We Are Happy (2009)
Printing on glass
Judy and Liza Fly to the Moon (2009)
Printing on glass
Judy and Liza Fly to the Moon (2009)
Printing on glass
George Washington Redecorates Mount Vernon  (2009)
Printing on ceramic
George Washington Redecorates Mount Vernon (2009)
Printing on ceramic
George Washington Crossing the Delaware  (2009)
Printing on ceramic
George Washington Crossing the Delaware (2009)
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George Washington Redecorates Mount Vernon (Gold) (2009)
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George Washington Redecorates Mount Vernon (Gold) (2009)
Printing on ceramic
George Washington Crossing the Delaware (2009)
Printing on ceramic
George Washington Crossing the Delaware (2009)
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My Boyfriend Is Very Very Very Patient  (2009)
Printing on glass
My Boyfriend Is Very Very Very Patient (2009)
Printing on glass
Bette Midler Crossing the Delaware  (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Bette Midler Crossing the Delaware (2009)
Printing on ceramic
We Can't All Make Paintings  (2009)
Printing on glass
We Can't All Make Paintings (2009)
Printing on glass
I Read Clement Greenburg But I Drink Andy Warhol  (2009)
Printing on glass
I Read Clement Greenburg But I Drink Andy Warhol (2009)
Printing on glass
Oh to have the Confidence of Ferris Beuller and the Hips of Johnny Depp (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Oh to have the Confidence of Ferris Beuller and the Hips of Johnny Depp (2009)
Printing on ceramic
I'm a Mediocre Fuck-up and That's All I'll Ever Be  (2009)
Printing on ceramic
I'm a Mediocre Fuck-up and That's All I'll Ever Be (2009)
Printing on ceramic
George Washington Redecorates Mount Vernon (Red) (2009)
Printing on ceramic
George Washington Redecorates Mount Vernon (Red) (2009)
Printing on ceramic
I Don't Want to Make Paintings  (2009)
Printing on ceramic
I Don't Want to Make Paintings (2009)
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The Golden Girls Signing the Declaration of Independence  (2009)
Printing on ceramic
The Golden Girls Signing the Declaration of Independence (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Complaint by Numbers Art Lessons!  (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Complaint by Numbers Art Lessons! (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Last Night a Chocolate Ice Cream Pop Saved My Life  (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Last Night a Chocolate Ice Cream Pop Saved My Life (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Abraham Lincoln's Friend Sleeps Over (Silver) (2009)
Printing on ceramic
Abraham Lincoln's Friend Sleeps Over (Silver) (2009)
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4 Highballs (various titles)  (2009)
Printing on glass
4 Highballs (various titles) (2009)
Printing on glass

About the Exhibition

Press Release PDF 4.4 MB

February 18 - March 19, 2009

Ye Olde Candyass Muggery, consisted of 28 multiples, taking the form of coffee mugs, wine glasses, espresso cups and highballs. Leibowitz’ mass-produced multiples have been widely collected and anticipated since his first New York exhibition twenty years ago, when he began exhibiting under the moniker Candyass.

Where previous installations have taken a carnival-like atmosphere, Leibowitz’ 2009 installation was more restrained in its design. The exhibition consisted of mugs and other drinking vessels—objects that are both personal and social; these objects are elevated to works of art in their sculptural installation presented in the gallery. For Leibowitz, high is low, low is high; art is personal, personal is art.

Leibowitz has emblazoned these manufactured objects with highly stylized typography ranging from Sampler Stitchery to Art Deco. The “texts” commemorate and morph popular culture, gay iconography and Americana: George Washington Redecorates Mount Vernon; Liza Minelli Lands on the Moon; The Golden Girls Signing the Declaration of Independence; Bette Midler Crossing the Delaware; Oh to Have the Confidence of Ferris Beuller and the Hips of Johnny Depp; Abraham Lincoln’s Friend Sleeps Over.

Cary Leibowitz is an obsessive collector, who believes firmly that “quantity is quality.” With Ye Olde Candyass Muggery, Leibowitz encourages consumption of his objects; for them to be used as functional, dysfunctional, and non-functional objet d’art.

Cary Leibowitz multiples are not for sale by the gallery.

Related Press

  • Ye Olde Candyass Muggery New York Times March 27, 2009 PDF (60 K)