Tony Bluestone (b. Englewood, New Jersey) was raised amongst activists in which he learned life is at its best when we show up for each other. Tony loves his friends and community, and his work is interested in how we can create and form space for different types of lived existence. He believes these communally shared realities are what allow him to exist as a gender fluid trans masculine person. Trans is both a verb and a noun in his life, and his work seeks to transcend accepted reality, which includes but is not limited to gender, living/dying, communication, and travel.
Bluestone received an MFA from Hunter College and has been a resident at The Shandanken Project in Shandanken, NY; The Basil Alakazi Residency in Detroit, MI; DNA Residency in Provincetown, MA; and The Prattsville Art Center in Prattsville, NY. He has had solo shows at Freight & Volume Gallery in NYC; the Elaine L Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI; and Larrie Gallery, NYC; as well as a two-person show at La Mama Gallery, NYC. He has an upcoming solo show at Azulejo Gallery in Seoul, Korea. He has had work in group shows at Rachel Uffner, The Academy of Arts and Letters, the New School, Platform Project Space, White Columns, and has work in an upcoming show at Night Gallery. He has also performed written works at Storm King Art Center. In 2017, he was awarded the John Koch Award by the Academy of Arts and Letters. Bluestone currently teaches painting at Cooper Union and Hunter College.