Bio/CV

Vincent William Gagliostro joined the New York art world in 1972, studying at Parsons School of Design. He divided his time between the disciplines of graphic design and painting. He had his first solo show in Washington, D.C., in 1976. A few years later, a growing health crisis in New York’s gay community would change things enormously. In 1987, Gagliostro was an original member of ACT UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), a group which would successfully position the burgeoning AIDS health crisis as a political crisis as well. He chaired the Outreach Committee. Gagliostro was noted in New York magazine (September 30, 1996) for his “in your face” graphic, “make no apologies” style. He was also identified in that same issue as one of the six most influential players in the gay community of the time. Also in that article Andrew Sullivan defined ACT UP as “a new, distinctively gay kind of activism…The politics of style.”  Gagliostro had his first exhibition in Europe, in Hanover, Germany,  in 1997. What was significant about that exhibition is that due to differences of opinion about what to include led Gagliostro on a path to begin making video works.  He thus proffered his first video work When Did I Forget?, a reflection his politics at the time of the exhibit. “I came to realize the defining effect my work as a political activist had — and continues to have — on my work as a visual artist."  In the late 90s Gagliostro and three friends created a quarterly journal,  xxxFRUIT, which was also commissioned by the Whitney Museum for an on-line version. He was also the creative director of QW, a New York weekly gay news magazine. Recently his focus has been on multi-media installations with an emphasis on film and video. His films have been shown most recently in film festivals such as Fringe! Gay Film Festival, London; ASVOFF at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Cannes, Barcelona and New York; The New York Armory Show; Pulse Art Fair and Scope, New York. His most recent exhibition (1)Case, was in Paris 2010. Gagliostro has completed the script for his first feature film,  After Louie, which he will direct.

solo exhibitions

2012

The White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London, England

2010

Gallery NeC, Paris, France

2008

Beauty Room, Paris, France

2007

Gallery NeC, Paris, France

2006

Gallery NeC, Paris, France

1997

Kleine Gallery, Hanover, Germany

1996

KRT Space, New York, NY

1994

Artist's Exchange, Weston, Connecticut

1987

Artist's Exchange, New York, NY

1982

Artist's Exchange, New York, NY

1978

Wood/Waeche Gallery, Washington DC

1976

Polo Drescher Gallery, Washington DC
group exhibitions

2012

CAIXAFORUM BARCELONA, ASVOFF 4,| Barcelona, Spain

2011

Art Basel Miami, ASVOFF Screening, Miami, Florida
Cannes Film Festival, ASVOFF Screening, Cannes, France
Centre Pompidou, ASVOFF FESTIVAL 4, Paris, France

2010

Centre Pompidou, ASVOFF FESTIVAL 3, Paris, France

2008

Guggenheim, ASVOFF FESTIVAL 1, Bilbao, Spain
Jeu de Paume, ASVOFF 1, Paris, France
Pulse Art Fair, New York, NY

2007

Art Basel Miami, Passport No., Miami, Florida
Gallery NeC, Paris, France

2006

Gallery NeC, Paris, France

2003

Bergdorf Gallery, New York, NY

2000

Whitney Museum, New York, NY

1999

The New Museum, New York, NY

1997

Cooper Hewitt, New York, NY

1996

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

1995

Jacklight Gallery, New York, NY

1994

Museum of Sociology, Dresden, Germany
New York Public Library, New York, NY

1993

Munich State Museum, Munich, Germany
The New Museum, New York, NY

1991

"Bilderschock", Berlin, Germany

1990

Bullet Space, New York, NY
Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
Kettler Yard Gallery, London, England
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1987

Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New York, NY

1986

The Glass Farmhouse, New York, NY

1985

The Glass Farmhouse, New York, NY

1983

Artist's Exchange, New York, NY

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