Complicity Loves Company

New Work by Rita Valley at Capsule Gallery Auction

New York, NY – Capsule Gallery Auction is proud to present “Complicity Loves Company”, new work by artist Rita Valley on view from February 9- March 10, 2018. Capsule Gallery Auction is located at 618 East Ninth Street in New York. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, February 9 from 6-8 pm. Gallery hours will continue Thursdays through Saturdays 12-5 and by appointment. This exhibition is part of an ongoing series focused on emerging artists.

Rita Valley creates beautiful and seditious work with the use of sumptuous fabrics, ornate scripts and lavish gold embellishments. Her inspiration originates at the unlikely intersection of two interests; the current political climate and the sewing of her mother. Like modern-day Samplers, her work commemorates and mourns important passages in the life of our society.


“as if” – Rita Valley – 2017

“The language of the current administration, the pundits, and experts, weighs heavily on my mind. Words and phrases have become fixed like dark mantras. I am compelled to create new pieces as if to conjure an antidote to so much poison.” Rita Valley

Layers of color and pattern allow pre-printed textiles to mimic painting. Texture and text are juxtaposed to create playful allusions. Intentionally, these banners could just as comfortably grace the walls of the Kremlin or a Trump Casino.


“Kompromat” – Rita Valley – 2017

“All of the works presented here are hand-made. I am my own sweatshop, literally sewing, wiring and beading until my fingers bleed. I tweak my work with humor to temper the fear and the anger brought on by this ubiquitous broadcast of menacing word play.” Rita Valley

Rita Valley has exhibited previous work at Artspace (New Haven), Odetta Gallery (Brooklyn) and a solo artist show at Real Art Ways RAW (Hartford). She has received two State of Connecticut Individual Artist Grants and her art is held in numerous public, private, and university collections. She is a graduate of Bennington College in Vermont, and currently resides in Southbury, Connecticut.


“Moron” – Rita Valley – 2017

Capsule Gallery Auction is a new venue for contemporary, modern and post war art sales. Our next scheduled auction is May 10. Current highlights include work by Robert Motherwell, José Guerrero, Julio LeParc, Peter Beard, Carolee Schneemann, Chuck Close, Mathew Barney, Tom Sachs and more.

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Capsule Gallery Auction, 618 East Ninth St, NY NY 10009 | | 212.353.2277 | Thursday-Saturday 12-5