Cameron Hayes at the Lehman College Art Gallery, New York

Cameron Hayes, Orphanages make the best skyscrapers, 2011, oil on linen, 198.1 x 254 cm.

Cameron Hayes’ work Orphanages make the best skyscrapers  is included in the group exhibition:

Castles in the Sky: Fantasy Architecture in Contemporary Art
Lehman College Art Gallery at Lehman College
City University of New York
October 13, 2018 –January 26, 2019

“Drawing inspiration from the fantastical etchings of 18th-century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Castles in the Sky examines the work of more than two dozen contemporary artists who have developed bizarre, impractical, enchanting and inspiring unbuilt (and likely unbuildable) designs. The exhibition plays tribute to the human imagination, and the idea of the creative fantasy the hovers in the recesses of every artist’s mind. The idea of the idealized place of the mind, however strange or seemingly discordant to the laws of actual architecture, form the backbone of the exhibition. From Claes Oldenburg’s ambition proposal to replace the Washington Monument with a gigantic pair of partially subterranean scissors to Will Cotton’s shimmering candy-covered castles, the works on view with delight and intrigue the viewer.

Presented in the Gallery’s Marcel Breuer-designed building, the exhibition will provide a wide audience, many of whom are not necessarily familiar with contemporary art, with an array of possibilities for engaging with the artworks both intellectually and intuitively. The exhibition is vital to our audience, many of who live in the Bronx, who see LCAG as their primary connection to the contemporary art world the exhibition is supported by funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated 120-page catalogue published by Lehman College Art Gallery/The City University of New York.” – Bartholomew F. Bland, Executive Director 

For more information, and to order the publication visit the Lehman College Art Gallery website.

Cameron Hayes participated in our group exhibition Botanica Humana, 2018. He is represented in Australia by Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney; and outside Australia by Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

Castles in the Sky is on view at:

Lehman College Art Gallery
The City University of New York
250 Bedford Park Blvd West
Bronx, NY 10468


Image: Cameron Hayes, Orphanages make the best skyscrapers, 2011, oil on linen, 198.1 x 254 cm.