Opening tonight: REAL ERSATZ, an exhibition of new work by Betty Tompkins at FUG

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This evening, BHQFU will host the opening reception at FUG (Foundation University Gallery) for an exhibition of new work by artist Betty Tompkins, who will also be one of the participants in our Sheroes She Hero Eros panel discussion next April. Here’s the gallery’s press release:



REAL ERSATZ, an exhibition of new work by Betty Tompkins at FUG (Foundation University Gallery).

SEPT 11th 2015, 6–9PM

FUG 431 E 6th St, BSMT, New York, NY 10009

BHQFU, New York’s freest art school, is pleased to present REAL ERSATZ, an exhibition by Betty Tompkins and her first New York solo show since 2009. In her new body of work Tompkins plays with the idea of the real, the fake and the area in-between. Using both digital prints and paintings of the same image she explores the interaction that these different mediums have with each other. The exhibition will open a conversation between photorealism and technology as well as the experience of medium, scale and color in contemporary art.

Recognized for her exploration into sexuality and her controversial ‘Fuck’ paintings of the 1970s, this exhibition marks a new direction in Tompkins work whilst celebrating her as a transgressive icon.

About Betty Tompkins

Betty Tompkins’ work in the 1970s pioneered a confrontational (and controversial) investigation into sexuality that was considered publicly uncouth, especially for a female artist, and went largely under recognized. Her work was rediscovered in 2002 when it was exhibited in New York, instantly placing her in the canon of transgressive art and bad-girl icons. Since then, Tompkins has continued to unapologetically push the envelope and has incorporated digital production into her painting practice.

About FUG

The FUG (Foundation University Gallery) is an extension of the BHQFU curriculum into the realm of the exhibition, hosting individual artists projects, public lectures, exhibitions and events.


BHQFU is New York’s freest art school offering a full curricula of critique courses, studio residencies, and special events from our FU headquarters at 34 Avenue A. Our educational programming is enriched by a rigorous exhibition series at our university gallery, FUG.

For press Inquiries please contact Sean J Patrick Carney:

Exhibition on view Sept 12th – October 18th 2015

Thursday – Saturday 12-6pm

FUG 431 E 6TH BSMT NYC 10009

Visual & Critical Studies