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Did I Ever Have a Chance?

Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Gordon Robichaux are pleased to present Did I Ever Have a Chance?, an exhibition organized in collaboration and on view at Marc Selwyn Fine Art from August 15 through September 19, 2020. 

Included are contemporary and historical works by multigenerational artists who confront and challenge entrenched systemic inequities: racism, misogyny, homophobia, poverty, endless war, and ecological injustice. Using varied strategies rooted in the relationship between personal and social experience: activist, didactic, performative, poetic, declarative—all political—these artists agitate for visibility, agency, justice, and empowerment.

The title of the exhibition is taken from Martin Wong’s final work, which he created in his hospital bed in the days leading up to his death from complications related to AIDS. In the painting, Wong wrangles with the systems of oppression he faced throughout his life, and responds to his titular question with a transgressive image of Patty Hearst as Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and time, and a fearless fighter and mother-figure of feminine energy, creativity, and fertility. Wong’s painting, like the other works in the exhibition, is a rallying cry and affirmation of resilience, defiance, faith, resistance, and liberation. 

A percentage of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Fair Fight to combat voter suppression, and to Visual AIDS, which supports HIV+ artists and uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue.
 

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Helène Aylon

Helène Aylon

Sand Sac Portrait 6, 1981

Silkscreen on canvas

48 x 51 inches

$30,000

Inquire
Helène Aylon

Helène Aylon

two sacs en route, Water colors - Green Glow, 1990

Photograph and watercolor on paper

39 x 21 inches, framed

$15,000

Inquire
Helène Aylon, The Earth Ambulance, 1982

Helène Aylon

The Earth Ambulance, 1982

Inkjet print

Not for sale

Helène Aylon

Helène Aylon

The Book That Will Not Close 

Artist edited copy of the Torah

8 x 14 x 10 inches

Not for sale

Leila Babirye, Nankulu we Kibuga (Female Mayor of the City), 2020

Leila Babirye

Nankulu we Kibuga (Female Mayor of the City), 2020

Wood, metal, nails, screws, found objects, wax

59 5/8 x 11 x 12 inches

SOLD

Leilah Babirye  Omulodi Omuvubuka we Kibuga (Stylish Boy of the City), 2020

Leilah Babirye

Omulodi Omuvubuka we Kibuga (Stylish Boy of the City), 2020

Glazed ceramic, wire, found object

18 x 12 x 7 inches

$10,000

Inquire
Leilah Babirye  Bakalipo (Family of Sisters), 2020

Leilah Babirye

Bakalipo (Family of Sisters), 2020

Wood, wax, nails, metal, screws, and found objects

75 x 16 1/2 x 10 inches

SOLD

Leilah Babirye  Prince Jjunju, 2020

Leilah Babirye

Prince Jjunju, 2020

Glazed ceramic and found object

24 x 16 x 12 inches

SOLD

Leilah Babirye

Abambowa (Royal Guard Who Protects the King), 2020

Glazed ceramic

9 x 2 1/2 x 3 inches

SOLD

Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer 

Damage is done by the tacit understanding..., 1981

Text: Living (1980-82), Text on cast bronze plate

6 x 9 1/2 inches

$50,000

Inquire
Otis Houston Jr.  He Hadn't Did Nothing (with Miles Huston), 2017

Otis Houston Jr.

He Hadn't Did Nothing (with Miles Huston), 2017

Spray paint on canvas with grommets

37 x 77 3/4 inches

SOLD

Otis Houston Jr.   The Chief, 2018

Otis Houston Jr.

The Chief, 2018

Marker and tape on found framed print

28 x 20 inches

$6,000

Inquire

Otis Houston Jr.

The Enemy, 2018

Marker on found painting

15 x 20 inches

$4,000

Inquire
Corita Kent, E eye love, 1968

Corita Kent

E eye love, 1968

Serigraph

22 3/4 x 22 3/4 inches

SOLD

Corita Kent, It's Up To You, 1981

Corita Kent

It's Up To You, 1981

Serigraph

26 x 35 3/4 inches

$4,000

Inquire
Clifford Prince King, Just the Two of Us, 2019

Clifford Prince King

Just the Two of Us, 2019

Archival inkjet photo rag baryta

24 x 36 inches

$2,600

Edition of 5, +1 A.P.

Inquire
Clifford Prince King, MLK, 2019

Clifford Prince King

MLK, 2019

Archival inkjet print on luster

16 x 24 inches

$2,600

Edition of 5, +1 A.P.

Inquire
Reverend Joyce McDonald  Our Lives Mattered (Ahmaud), 2020

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Our Lives Mattered (Ahmaud), 2020

Clay

11 3/4 x 7 x 2 1/2 inches

$6,500

Inquire
Reverend Joyce McDonald  Our Lives Mattered (Sandra), 2020

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Our Lives Mattered (Sandra), 2020

Clay

11 x 9 inches

SOLD

Reverend Joyce McDonald  Our Lives Mattered (Eric), 2020

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Our Lives Mattered (Eric), 2020

Clay

8 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches

$6,500

Inquire
Reverend Joyce McDonald

Reverend Joyce McDonald

A Moment of Despair, 2004

Clay

6 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

SOLD

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Presenting, c. 2000s

Clay, paint, paper towel, found object

9 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches

SOLD

Reverend Joyce McDonald  Mother and Child, Loving Comfort, 2004

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Mother and Child, Loving Comfort, 2004

Air dry clay, acrylic and paper towel

7 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 4 inches

$6,500

Inquire
Lorraine O'Grady, Art is...(Framing Cop), 1983/2009

Lorraine O'Grady

Art is...(Framing Cop), 1983/2009

C-print

16 x 20 inches

Not for sale

Lorraine O'Grady, Art is...(Woman with Girl with Stripes), 1983/2009

Lorraine O'Grady 

Art is...(Woman with Girl with Stripes), 1983/2009

C-print

16 x 20 inches

Not for sale

Lorraine O'Grady, Art is...(Girl Pointing), 1983/2009

Lorraine O'Grady

Art is...(Girl Pointing), 1983/2009

C-print

20 x 16 inches

Not for sale

Martha Rosler, Cellular, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2004

Martha Rosler 

Cellular, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2004

Photomontage

20 x 24 inches

$25,000

Inquire
Martha Rosler, Lounging Woman, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2004

Martha Rosler

Lounging Woman, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2004

Photomontage

24 x 20 inches

SOLD

Martha Rosler, Invasion, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2008

Martha Rosler

Invasion, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2008

Photomontage

30 x 53 3/8 inches

$35,000

Inquire
Martha Rosler, Point and Shoot, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2008

 Martha Rosler

Point and Shoot, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2008

Photomontage

30 x 40 inches

$35,000

Inquire
Hannah Wilke   So Help Me Hannah, 1979

Hannah Wilke

So Help Me Hannah, 1979

Signed offset lithograph poster

14 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches

$15,000

Inquire
Hannah Wilke   Marxism and Art, 1977

Hannah Wilke

Marxism and Art, 1977

Signed offset lithograph poster

11 x 9 inches

Edition of 25

$18,000

Inquire
Hannah Wilke  Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), 1984

Hannah Wilke

Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), 1984

Chewing gum in Plexiglas box

2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches 

$12,500

Inquire
Hannah Wilke  Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), c. 1984

Hannah Wilke

Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), c. 1984 

Chewing gum in Plexiglas box

2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches 

$12,500

Inquire
Hannah Wilke  Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), 1984

Hannah Wilke

Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), 1984 

Chewing gum in Plexiglas box

2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches 

$12,500

Inquire
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Face in Dirt), 1991/2018

David Wojnarowicz

Untitled (Face in Dirt), 1991/2018

Pigmented ink print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper

16 x 20 inches

Edition of 25

$20,000

Inquire
David Wojnarowicz, What is this little guy's job in the world, 1990

David Wojnarowicz

What is this little guy's job in the world, 1990

Gelatin silver print

15 7/8 x 19 7/8 inches

Edition of 2 A.P.

SOLD

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Control) from the Ant Series, 1988-89

David Wojnarowicz

Untitled (Control) from the Ant Series, 1988-89

Gelatin silver print

39 x 29 1/2 inches

Edition of 5

$85,000

Inquire
Martin Wong, Did I Ever Have A Chance?, 1999

Martin Wong

Did I Ever Have A Chance?, 1999

Acrylic on canvas

61 x 48 inches

$600,000

Inquire
Martin Wong, Sgt. Richard de Clara, NYPD, 1988

Martin Wong

Sgt. Richard de Clara, NYPD, 1988

Acrylic on canvas Two panels,

16 x 20 inches, each

$275,000

Inquire
Helène Aylon

Helène Aylon

Sand Sac Portrait 6, 1981

Silkscreen on canvas

48 x 51 inches

$30,000

Helène Aylon

Helène Aylon

two sacs en route, Water colors - Green Glow, 1990

Photograph and watercolor on paper

39 x 21 inches, framed

$15,000

Helène Aylon, The Earth Ambulance, 1982

Helène Aylon

The Earth Ambulance, 1982

Inkjet print

Not for sale

Helène Aylon

Helène Aylon

The Book That Will Not Close 

Artist edited copy of the Torah

8 x 14 x 10 inches

Not for sale

Leila Babirye, Nankulu we Kibuga (Female Mayor of the City), 2020

Leila Babirye

Nankulu we Kibuga (Female Mayor of the City), 2020

Wood, metal, nails, screws, found objects, wax

59 5/8 x 11 x 12 inches

SOLD

Leilah Babirye  Omulodi Omuvubuka we Kibuga (Stylish Boy of the City), 2020

Leilah Babirye

Omulodi Omuvubuka we Kibuga (Stylish Boy of the City), 2020

Glazed ceramic, wire, found object

18 x 12 x 7 inches

$10,000

Leilah Babirye  Bakalipo (Family of Sisters), 2020

Leilah Babirye

Bakalipo (Family of Sisters), 2020

Wood, wax, nails, metal, screws, and found objects

75 x 16 1/2 x 10 inches

SOLD

Leilah Babirye  Prince Jjunju, 2020

Leilah Babirye

Prince Jjunju, 2020

Glazed ceramic and found object

24 x 16 x 12 inches

SOLD

Leilah Babirye

Abambowa (Royal Guard Who Protects the King), 2020

Glazed ceramic

9 x 2 1/2 x 3 inches

SOLD

Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer 

Damage is done by the tacit understanding..., 1981

Text: Living (1980-82), Text on cast bronze plate

6 x 9 1/2 inches

$50,000

Otis Houston Jr.  He Hadn't Did Nothing (with Miles Huston), 2017

Otis Houston Jr.

He Hadn't Did Nothing (with Miles Huston), 2017

Spray paint on canvas with grommets

37 x 77 3/4 inches

SOLD

Otis Houston Jr.   The Chief, 2018

Otis Houston Jr.

The Chief, 2018

Marker and tape on found framed print

28 x 20 inches

$6,000

Otis Houston Jr.

The Enemy, 2018

Marker on found painting

15 x 20 inches

$4,000

Corita Kent, E eye love, 1968

Corita Kent

E eye love, 1968

Serigraph

22 3/4 x 22 3/4 inches

SOLD

Corita Kent, It's Up To You, 1981

Corita Kent

It's Up To You, 1981

Serigraph

26 x 35 3/4 inches

$4,000

Clifford Prince King, Just the Two of Us, 2019

Clifford Prince King

Just the Two of Us, 2019

Archival inkjet photo rag baryta

24 x 36 inches

$2,600

Edition of 5, +1 A.P.

Clifford Prince King, MLK, 2019

Clifford Prince King

MLK, 2019

Archival inkjet print on luster

16 x 24 inches

$2,600

Edition of 5, +1 A.P.

Reverend Joyce McDonald  Our Lives Mattered (Ahmaud), 2020

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Our Lives Mattered (Ahmaud), 2020

Clay

11 3/4 x 7 x 2 1/2 inches

$6,500

Reverend Joyce McDonald  Our Lives Mattered (Sandra), 2020

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Our Lives Mattered (Sandra), 2020

Clay

11 x 9 inches

SOLD

Reverend Joyce McDonald  Our Lives Mattered (Eric), 2020

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Our Lives Mattered (Eric), 2020

Clay

8 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches

$6,500

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Reverend Joyce McDonald

A Moment of Despair, 2004

Clay

6 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

SOLD

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Presenting, c. 2000s

Clay, paint, paper towel, found object

9 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches

SOLD

Reverend Joyce McDonald  Mother and Child, Loving Comfort, 2004

Reverend Joyce McDonald

Mother and Child, Loving Comfort, 2004

Air dry clay, acrylic and paper towel

7 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 4 inches

$6,500

Lorraine O'Grady, Art is...(Framing Cop), 1983/2009

Lorraine O'Grady

Art is...(Framing Cop), 1983/2009

C-print

16 x 20 inches

Not for sale

Lorraine O'Grady, Art is...(Woman with Girl with Stripes), 1983/2009

Lorraine O'Grady 

Art is...(Woman with Girl with Stripes), 1983/2009

C-print

16 x 20 inches

Not for sale

Lorraine O'Grady, Art is...(Girl Pointing), 1983/2009

Lorraine O'Grady

Art is...(Girl Pointing), 1983/2009

C-print

20 x 16 inches

Not for sale

Martha Rosler, Cellular, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2004

Martha Rosler 

Cellular, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2004

Photomontage

20 x 24 inches

$25,000

Martha Rosler, Lounging Woman, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2004

Martha Rosler

Lounging Woman, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2004

Photomontage

24 x 20 inches

SOLD

Martha Rosler, Invasion, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2008

Martha Rosler

Invasion, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2008

Photomontage

30 x 53 3/8 inches

$35,000

Martha Rosler, Point and Shoot, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2008

 Martha Rosler

Point and Shoot, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series", 2008

Photomontage

30 x 40 inches

$35,000

Hannah Wilke   So Help Me Hannah, 1979

Hannah Wilke

So Help Me Hannah, 1979

Signed offset lithograph poster

14 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches

$15,000

Hannah Wilke   Marxism and Art, 1977

Hannah Wilke

Marxism and Art, 1977

Signed offset lithograph poster

11 x 9 inches

Edition of 25

$18,000

Hannah Wilke  Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), 1984

Hannah Wilke

Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), 1984

Chewing gum in Plexiglas box

2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches 

$12,500

Hannah Wilke  Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), c. 1984

Hannah Wilke

Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), c. 1984 

Chewing gum in Plexiglas box

2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches 

$12,500

Hannah Wilke  Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), 1984

Hannah Wilke

Untitled (Single Gum Sculpture), 1984 

Chewing gum in Plexiglas box

2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches 

$12,500

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Face in Dirt), 1991/2018

David Wojnarowicz

Untitled (Face in Dirt), 1991/2018

Pigmented ink print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper

16 x 20 inches

Edition of 25

$20,000

David Wojnarowicz, What is this little guy's job in the world, 1990

David Wojnarowicz

What is this little guy's job in the world, 1990

Gelatin silver print

15 7/8 x 19 7/8 inches

Edition of 2 A.P.

SOLD

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Control) from the Ant Series, 1988-89

David Wojnarowicz

Untitled (Control) from the Ant Series, 1988-89

Gelatin silver print

39 x 29 1/2 inches

Edition of 5

$85,000

Martin Wong, Did I Ever Have A Chance?, 1999

Martin Wong

Did I Ever Have A Chance?, 1999

Acrylic on canvas

61 x 48 inches

$600,000

Martin Wong, Sgt. Richard de Clara, NYPD, 1988

Martin Wong

Sgt. Richard de Clara, NYPD, 1988

Acrylic on canvas Two panels,

16 x 20 inches, each

$275,000

Image credits: Helène Aylon: © Estate of Helène Aylon and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York. Leilah Babirye: Courtesy of Gordon Robichaux, NY.  Reverend Joyce McDonald: Courtesy of Gordon Robichaux, NY. Jenny Holzer: Courtesy the Artist and Spruth Magers, Los Angeles, CA. Otis Houston Jr.: Courtesy Gordon Robichaux, NY. Corita Kent: Courtesy of Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Corita Art Center, Los Angeles, CA. Clifford Prince King: Courtesy of the artist and Gordon Robichaux, New York. Lorraine O’Grady: © Lorraine O'Grady. Martha Rosler: Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York © Martha Rosler. Hannah Wilke: Hannah Wilke Collection & Archive, Los Angeles. © Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon, and Andrew Scharlatt. Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York, NY. David Wojnarowicz: Courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P·P·O·W, New York. Martin Wong: Courtesy of the Estate of Martin Wong and P·P·O·W, New York