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 and context inform our focus: to seek out artists who take risk - in whose practice there is something at stake. The gallery is both an opportunity - & imperative - to present challenging exhibitions, to show work that would not be possible elsewhere, & to support artists who have the courage of their convictions.
Founded in 2017, FALSE FLAG has presented nineteen exhibitions, participated in ten art fairs, joined the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), secured a longterm lease at our current 200 square meter location, & organized ambitious programming through late 2021.
We have produced two significant publications: an eponymous, 136-page hardbound book with detailed documentation of the gallery’s first year of operation; & ‘Jasper Johns Vs Brian Ramnarine’. Editions of ‘Jasper Johns Vs…’ have been acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art Library & the New York Public Library.
We continue to cultivate & strengthen institutional relationships with SculptureCenter, MoMA PS1, Rhizome, Independent Curators International (ICI), & numerous non-profit organizations devoted to supporting the arts such as Blank Forms, White Columns, Topical Cream, & the Children's Museum of the Arts, among others.
FALSE FLAG pursues projects that would otherwise remain unrealized.