Antony And The Johnsons
Born in Sussex, England, Antony spent his childhood in England, Amsterdam, and the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to NYC at the age of 19. In 1992, he founded the performance collective Blacklips, and spent the next several years developing his voice and ideas on late night stages around NYC. Antony emerged with his musical ensemble Antony and The Johnsons in 1998. The group have released four albums (self-titled, I am a Bird Now, The Crying Light, Swanlights) and have collaborated with artists including Lou Reed, Björk, Boy George, Devendra Banhart, Laurie Anderson and Marc Almond. Antony and the Johnsons won the UK's Mercury Prize in 2005 and have performed with orchestras and symphonies throughout the world. Their presentation of "The Crying Light" at the Manchester Festival 2009 was subsequently included in PS1's presentation of 100 important performance art pieces. In 2008 Antony began to exhibit his visual artwork at Palais Des Beaux Arts in Belgium, Isis Gallery in London and Agnès B. Galerie Du Jour in Paris. In October of 2010, Antony released Swanlights, a book of his collages and drawings, published by Abrams Image.