Thursday, January 19, 2012


Rick Prol, I Have This Cat, 1985; acrylic on canvas, wood and glass; 96 x 93 in. 

Rick Prol, a New York-based artist, and part of the ABAD exhibition in NYC in 2009 will lecture along with collector Ari Strauss during the exhibition Circa 1986, at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peeksill, NY.  He will speak about his life in the New York art world.

When: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 4:00-5:00 pm 
Where: Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, 1701 Main St, Peeksill, NY 10566.

Rick Prol, born and raised in NYC where he currently lives and works. He graduated from Cooper Union College in 1980 and began showing his work publicly in 1982 - during the then burgeoning East Village art scene. Prol was also studio assistant to painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.

"The East Village Art scene of the '80s thrived on the romance of slumming in an era of widespread economic prosperity. Rick Prol was one of the icons of that era, known for his cartoonish tableaux of mayhem, murder and suicide set in a rat-infested fantasy world somewhere East of First Avenue."
– July 1993, Art in America, Eleanor Heartney, via

Ari Straus was a young collector during the 1980s and the son of two collectors. Straus was excited by the cartoonish aesthetic employed by '80s artists. Even at a young age, he was an avid comic book reader, and Straus appreciated the bridge between "High" and "Low" art, which emerged during this period. Ari is currently CEO of Monticello Motor Club, a private race car establishment for automotive enthusiasts located 90 minutes north of NYC.

*Free with Museum Admission and for Members*

For more information contact: or call 914-788-0100

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