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CLARY, Christopher

Christopher ClaryBorn in 1968, Rochester, NY.

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


For an early intervention, as an undergraduate student of painting and photography at Northwestern University, he canvassed campus billboards with posters that read, “I’ll have no faggot son of mine”. This was before activist groups like ACT UP co-opted such language, so it came as no surprise the gay community on campus, in Chicago and even the national gay press called for Clary’s expulsion.

His work has been included in seminal homocentric exhibitions including Gay Men Play at the New York Photo Festival, Homomuseum at Exit Art and Queer Art/Body Commodities at WORKS/San Jose. He has been a regular on the New York City alternative scene with major pieces created for ABC No Rio, Cuchifritos, Momenta Art and Rush Arts Gallery. Reviews include the New York Times, Village Voice, HX and Out magazines with interviews for Photo District News, Photographie.com and NY1. Recently Artist Alliance Inc. and Exit Art awarded him residencies in New York City. Clary received an MFA in 1995 from the American University, Washington DC. Shortly after graduating he moved to New York to assist artists Byron Kim and Glenn Ligon.



Christopher Clary presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2011, nominated by Chris Boot for the Discovery Award: Christopher Clary in Arles.