Wednesday, August 10, 2011

First Dedicated International Society of War Artists Show

Announcing "The Joe Bonham Project," An Exhibition Curated by James Panero

PaneroadThe Joe Bonham Project
an exhibition curated by James Panero

featuring portraits of injured US service personnel by members of the International Society of War Artists and the Society of Illustrators

SEPTEMBER 1-18, 2011

Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 1, 6-9PM

BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN – Storefront (16 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn) is pleased to announce the final installment of its ambitious summer exhibition schedule featuring THE JOE BONHAM PROJECT, an exhibition organized by guest curator James Panero. Post 9/11, the exhibition brings together the work of wartime illustrators featuring portraits of injured US service personnel by members of the International Society of War Artists and the Society of Illustrators. These works are documentative, accurate, and gripping, yet offer a sensitivity and awareness to the causalities and sacrifice of war.

Artists featured in Panero’s selection include: Lance Corporal Robert Bates, USMC; Peter Buotte; CWO2 Michael D. Fay, USMC (retired); Jeffrey Fisher; Roman Genn; Bill Harris; Richard Johnson; and Victor Juhasz.

The show opens with a reception, Thursday, September 1, 6-9PM and will be on view through September 18. For more information, contact Jason Andrew at 646-361-8512 or visit

THE JOE BONHAM PROJECT represents the efforts of wartime illustrators to document the struggles of U.S. service personnel undergoing rehabilitation after traumatic front-line injury. Formed in early 2011 by Michael D. Fay, the Project takes its name from the central character in Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo’s 1938 novel of a World War I soldier unable to communicate with the outside world due to the extent of his wounds. Scheduled to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, the exhibition will mark the silent sacrifices of American soldiers in the ensuing decade-long conflict.

James Panero is Managing Editor and art critic at The New Criterion and writes about art and culture for several publications. This is his first curated exhibition.


STOREFRONT was started by Jason Andrew and Deborah Brown. It is Bushwick’s leading gallery presenting both emerging young talent and established historically significant artists. Its exhibition program has been the featured in ARTNET MAGAZINE, THE CITYist, TIME OUT NEW YORK, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, NEW YORK PRESS, NEW YORK POST, THE NEW CRITERION, L MAGAZINE, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, THE NEW YORK TIMES, WNYC, and written about locally including BUSHWICKBK, GREENPOINT GAZETTE, WILLIAMSBURG GREENPOINT NEWS + ARTS.

HOURS: Weekends 1:00-6:00PM or by appointment 646-361-8512 .

DIRECTIONS: L train to Brooklyn. Morgan Avenue stop. Walk four blocks on Morgan to Flushing Avenue. Cross Flushing Avenue to Wilson Avenue. The gallery is located between Noll and George Streets.



Lance Cpl. Tyler Huffman by Richard Johnson


Sgt Jason Ross by Victor Juhasz


Sgt Than Naign by Robert Bates


Cpl Matthew Bowman by Robert Bates


Lance Cpl. Tyler Huffman by Michael D. Fay

Monday, July 25, 2011

Heading Out

War artist Victor Juhasz is heading to Afghanistan in a couple days. Read his thoughts as he heads out for his first bona fide combat art trip at his Drawger site.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

War Artist in Afghanistan

War Artist Richard Johnson is now in Afghanistan. You can check out his art and dispatches via Canada's National Post. Richard is posting at their Kandahar Journal blog.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Beginning

Alfred Waud-American Civil War
Fritz Rhein-WWI

Captain Charles Fraser Comfort-WWII

Colonel Peter Michael Gish-Somalia, Haiti, Kurdistan, and Vietnam

Colonel Donna Neary-Somalia

Richard Johnson-Afghanistan and Iraq

Steve Mumford-Iraq

CWO2 Michael D. Fay-Iraq and Afghanistan

Sergeant Kris Battles-Iraq

Lucian Read-Iraq and Afghanistan

Art and war have been fellow travelers since time immemorial. From Paleolithic cave drawings of spear wielding warriors to Otto Dix's apocalyptic WWI paintings art has tried to both visually record and come to grips with the intense reality of war. Many nations during the 19th and 20th centuries fielded official war artists. Equal numbers of newpapers, especially during the Crimean and American Civil Wars, began sending forth "specials" to sketch and photograph what they saw. Often both official and civilian war artists shared a core mission; help the folks back home understand what their sons, daughters, brothers, uncles and fathers were enduring far from home. What is remarkable, almost universal even unto this day, is the consistancy with which artist who've gone to war record not just the violence of combat, but the humanity of the combatants.

Few human endeavors have produced more stereotypes than war. Yet those of us who have intimately witnessed its ravages, have also experienced its complexity. A complexity which, though not easily captured, demands articulation. Wars are nuanced events with moments of terror juxtaposed with times of easy comradery. During war, the human face, perhaps the richest source for art, is presented in ways that it simply cannot when framed in the relative peace and safety of the homefront.

Today there is a small cadre of working war artists. Some of us are officially sponsored by a particular nation's military, others find themselves employed by newspapers and a few have gone to war as independents. We are perhaps the last analog people in a digital age. In an age of instant imagery some have found the slowed vision of art going off to the uncertain world of war reassuring.

There is also a large number of living war artists. A significant number of them have gone on to fine art careers of great renown. They too will be included in this new society, The International Society of War Artists.