Monday, 23 June 2014
Clifford Chance is celebrating Gay Pride with a transatlantic exhibition showcasing the work of some of the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) artists in its London and New York offices.The annual exhibition, first held in New York in 2007, has quickly established itself as the foremost corporate-supported annual forum for displaying the work of LGBT artists in both London and New York.Organised by Arcus, the firm's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and allies employee network, the London exhibition has a celebratory, pop theme that, paradoxically, reflects on the challenges the community face across the world. The exhibition showcases the works of eight young artists, all on the cusp of establishing their reputations. Mark Davey, Simon Foxall, David Lock, CJ Mahony, Enzo Marra, Eline McGeorge, Ryan Riddington and Fiona Shaw will each present a body of work across many media that shows the influence of pop culture as it inflects on contemporary identity.Following the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act and the US Federal Government's recognition of gay marriage, the 2014 New York Arcus exhibition will explore LGBT social justice.Clifford Chance senior partner Malcolm Sweeting commented: "I am delighted that we are once again celebrating Pride through art. Diversity is at the very heart of our ability to serve our clients well, and respect for diversity is vital to creating a workplace in which everyone can be themselves and be the best that they can be."Michael Petry, artist and curator of the all seven London exhibitions added: "This year’s exhibition has a much more pop feel to it, loads of bright colour, many faces and figures and, if I might be so bold, a positive outlook to it. There seems to be a joyous investigative quality to much of the work, an experimentation that allows the viewer a fresh look on what might be familiar tropes such as portraiture or painting. What I hope the visitors will take away from all the work is its dynamism and sense of optimism. With the passage of full marriage equality into law in the UK and the bearded Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision in a glam dress, LGBT communities have a lot to be happy about!"Both the London and New York exhibitions will be formally launched with a reception on Thursday 26 June 2014.