Navigate left
Back to C.T. McClusky: Circus Surreal at Ricco/Maresca Gallery

About

Statement

McClusky worked as a circus clown between 1940-1960. Utilizing found materials, he produced collages on cardboard incorporating foil, string, illustrations and cutouts from animal cracker boxes. His vignettes from circus life are candid, nostalgic and strikingly surreal.

Press Release

The only known beginning of C. T. McClusky’s story dates back to a Sunday morning in 1975 when a middle-aged woman named Corine set up a booth at the Penny Flea Market Island Drive in Alameda, California. A battered old suitcase glued to a large, worn-out paper cutout of the word CIRCUS stood there silently shouting out its name amid the bric-à-brac, and it caught the attention of John …

The only known beginning of C. T. McClusky’s story dates back to a Sunday morning in 1975 when a middle-aged woman named Corine set up a booth at the Penny Flea Market Island Drive in Alameda, California. A battered old suitcase glued to a large, worn-out paper cutout of the word CIRCUS stood there silently shouting out its name amid the bric-à-brac, and it caught the attention of John Turner—then a volunteer curator at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco. With just one brief look at the suitcase’s contents, he realized he had “stumbled upon a treasure.” It was relayed to Turner …

Gallery

Location

529 W 20th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY, US
Tue – Fri, 10am – 6pm Sat, 11am – 6pm