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Thursday, August 20, 2009

DAVID CHOE curates Rob Sato & Joe To @ METROPOLIS GALLERY


International art world phenom
David Choe curates show at Metropolis Gallery

METROPOLIS GALLERY
steps up its role as Lancaster's cultural ambassador by presenting a special show curated by David Choe, one of the most important living artists in the world today, from September 4-30.

A contemporary of legendary street artist Shepard Fairey, whose red and blue Barack Obama "Hope" poster became an iconic image during the most recent presidential race, Choe hasn't shown a new piece stateside since debuting an iconic Obama image of his own at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In light of the fact that Choe stopped staging shows in the U.S. in 2007, his return to America is massive in the art world; that it's happening in Lancaster, PA, is extraordinary.

Choe, who earned additional caché via his highly publicized incarceration in Japan and his prolific contributions to Vice Magazine, is also the subject of a new documentary film, Dirty Hands; the biopic's filmmaker, Harry Kim, will be in attendance at the METROPOLIS exhibit's opening reception.

Starring in Choe's curated show are fellow urban art luminaries Rob Sato and Joseph To. Praised for their careful nod to traditional Eastern folk art as well as contemporary influences, the artists mirror Choe's approach in both their precision and undeniable sense of humor.

Metropolis Gallery
154 N. Prince St. Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717 572 9961 - Hours: Mon-Sat:11-6
www.metropolis-store.com
www.myspace.com/metropolis_gallery
www.flickr.com/photos/metropolis-store/

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