FALSE FLAG pursues projects that would otherwise remain unrealized: we seek out artists who take risk — in whose practice there is something at stake. The gallery is both an opportunity — & imperative — to mount challenging exhibitions, to show work that would not be possible elsewhere, & to champion artists who have the courage of their convictions.
We have presented the first New York solo shows of Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Emilie Gossiaux, Asif Mian, Camille Hoffman, & Sterling Crispin. Artists we have exhibited have subsequently been featured at the New Museum, SculptureCenter, The Queens Museum of Art, Museum Folkwang, The Shed, The Museum of Art and Design, The Lawndale Art Center, The Seoul Bienniale, & Kunsthal Charlottenborg, among others.
Founded in 2017, FALSE FLAG has mounted twenty-four exhibitions, participated in fourteen art fairs, produced four publications & organized ambitious programming through late 2022. We have received reviews in Artforum, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Frieze, & Art in America. Recent milestones include Frieze New York 2020 & 2021 with Andrew Ross, & The Armory Show 2021 with Alteronce Gumby. 2021 will see the gallery’s expansion to a larger location in Manhattan, providing greater visibility for artists in whose vision & ambition we believe.
FALSE FLAG's first gallery space occupied a shuttered foundry that engaged in legitimate fabrication for many years, but collapsed in 2014 when the former owner was convicted of forgery on an audacious scale. 'FALSE FLAG' is taken from the forged Jasper Johns 'Flag' sculpture that brought down the enterprise. This history informs FALSE FLAG’s purpose: to support artists willing to take risk.