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June 2, 2 pm3 pm.
2002.3.1.Carey, Ted Boot Hill

In conjunction with the exhibition, Ted Carey: Queer as Folk, guest curator Matthew Nichols will discuss the art historical and cultural contexts of Ted Carey’s life and work. The queer content of Carey’s New York paintings and his tributes to other gay artists will also be examined.

This program, recommended for ages 18 & up, will take place in Guild Hall’s Boots Lamb Education Center.

Born and raised in Chester, Pennsylvania, Edward “Ted” Fawcett Carey (1932–1985) moved to New York in 1955. There he pursued a career in graphic design, forged a close friendship with Andy Warhol, and later developed a distinctive mode of painting informed by his keen interest in American folk art. While living between New York and East Hampton in the 1970s and 1980s, Carey produced a small yet compelling body of work that mimics aspects of vernacular painting, chronicles his life and relationships, and pictures facets of queer culture. Sharply observed and highly detailed, Carey’s faux-naïf paintings depict some of his favorite haunts in New York and celebrate the creative lives of other gay men.

Indebted to the foresight and generosity of Carey’s longtime partner, this exhibition draws from the Tito Spiga Bequest to Guild Hall. It surveys Ted Carey’s art for the first time since 1985, when an East Hampton gallery mounted a memorial show of his paintings in the days following his death from AIDS.

This exhibition is organized by Matthew Nichols, PhD, independent curator.

Ted Carey, 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘵 𝘏𝘪𝘭𝘭, 1982-85. Oil on panel, 18 x 26 ½ inches. Photo: Gary Mamay.



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East Hampton, NY 11937 United States