Prisoners and Plants: Horticultural Society Raises Funds for Riker’s Program at Central Park Gala

Todd James, 'Two to Tango,' 2012. (Photo Rozalia Jovanovic)

“It’s Somali pirates,” artist Todd James told Gallerist about his piece, a brightly colored work of gouache and graphite on paper depicting two guys looking tough in headscarves as they smoked cigarettes. “I think they’re interesting. They’re kind of like David and Goliath. How do a few guys hold up a ship the size of a small town? It’s not cool to do, but it’s also impressive.”

Mr. James, a street artist known for being the co-creator of the “Street Market” exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2001, had donated work for the “Block Party 2012,” a benefit and silent auction thrown by the Horticultural Society of New York last night on the rooftop of the Central Park Arsenal. Read More