• The Proposition is pleased to announce a solo show of new pastels by James Romberger.

    Romberger, or James, as he signs his work, is well known for his gritty portraits of the East Village and Lower East Side of downtown New York- capturing moments of urban decay with great finesse and poetic clarity.

    In the new works for this show, James concentrates on groups of figures: party scenes, club scenes, Chinatown parades,… In speaking of this shift in content, the artist states, “…my recourse has been to focus on individuals that are important to me, and events I had experienced that embodied compassion and catharsis…In these drawings, the private becomes public, and any large gathering of people becomes an act of resistance.”

    These interior scenes are ablaze with color bringing new meaning to the phrase “life of the party.”

    In these works, James reveals a deep confidence in the power of friendship and unity, striking out in a new and complex direction.

    Romberger and his wife Marguerite Van Cook were pioneers of the East Village artists’ owned gallery scene in the1980s, introducing pivotal figures such as David Wojnarowitz, with whom James collaborated on the cult favorite “Seven Miles a Second”- writing by Wojnarowitz, illustration by James, published by DC Comics.