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I Was In The House When The House Burned Down

Ashley Bickerton        

Steve DiBenedetto

Karen Kilimnik           

Malcolm Morley

Thomas Trosch

Franz West

January 10 through February 28, 2004


Fredericks Freiser Gallery is pleased to announce I Was in the House When the House Burned Down, a group exhibition featuring a diverse group of artists who share a material use of color and a deeply personal, often epic terrain that defies pedestrian notions of violence and ugliness.


In the made-up spaces of these paintings and large scale collage, there is a seething quality that seems to originate from childhood fantasies of power, sexuality, and freedom.I Was in the House When the House Burned Down finds this tumultuousness in the glaring yet awkwardly sensitive use of color. Veiled narratives and distorted bodies are presented in the down-and-dirty ebullience of Franz West and Thomas Trosch, the storybook glow of Malcolm Morley and Karen Kilimnik, and the antagonistic friction of Ashley Bickerton and Steve DiBenedetto.


Fredericks Freiser Gallery is located at 504 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For further information and/or photographs please contact the gallery by telephone at (212) 633-6555, fax at (212) 367-9502, or email Find more information on any of our artists at