~MAMIKO OTSUBO . . CLEOPATRA’S

SKY LOBBY (CE!): MAMIKO OTSUBO – OPENS SUN APRIL 26, 2015 / 7-9 PM
the show runs APRIL 26 – MAY 31, 2015
CLEOPATRA’S - 110 MESEROLE AVE, BROOKLYN
GALLERY HRS: SUN 12-6PM/MON 2-8PM


IMAGE: MAMIKO OTSUBO, ‘Sky Lobby (CE!)’

from the CLEOPATRA’S PRESS RELEASE:

SKY LOBBY (CE!)
TEXT – by Robert Rhee:

note: (CE!) in the show’s title speaks to this relationship of disparate physical sites linked by a shared virtual standards. (CE!) or Copy Exactly! is a methodology developed and implemented by INTEL which “focuses on matching the manufacturing site to the development site. Matching occurs at all levels for physical inputs and statistically-matched responses (outputs).”
So, no matter if you are at D1X in Hillsboro, Oregon, or Fab 28 in Kiryat Gat, Israel, or fab 68 in Dalian, Liaoning, China .. if you are on the production floor everything from the orientation, to the height, size, material, ect of everything around you will be exactly the same.

Read more: about it . . , and . . .

PS: the info graphics and corporate brochure/design, of the 2 Intel links, above – are super interesting. if not just for the industrial non-threatening ‘jargon’ (!!). I find them really interesting on some strange non-organic level, in both design, tech, digital evolution & of course, future-speak-wise – !!
I’m thinking back to that DUSTIN YELLIN & BAZZAR TEENS & their ‘TREE-TECH’ Brochure, and their over-all ‘industrial’ gone to seed & chaos . . installation at SPRING BREAK 2015.
just try to replicate – that workplace – !!!!
flux, flux. flux. watch out free thought, innovation, and . .
thinking outside the box.
hence burgers on steeple, I guess !!

well better than a 2 ton, or was that 3 ton ? JEFF KOONS’ proposal, for real !! – to hang a life-size steel ‘Railroad Engine’ from a hi-rise industrial crane over the High Line / Hudson River. I guess, just like all it takes is a one day / one night pop-up to crash the art scene here, a digital re-creation, exact copy (!!) works just as well, as the real thing, if not better. statement-wise. light touch is the way to go, if you want to subvert the NYC skyline, or even the urban terrain.
I would even say, in that case:
it’s SEAN VEGEZZI vs JEFF KOONS for figuring that out !!
SEAN VEGEZZI wins !!
red rover red rover – time for the young ‘uns to take over.




~JASON LITTLE . . BOOK SIGNING

BERGEN STREET COMICS . . . in BROOKLYN
INVITES Y’ALL to a BOOK SIGNING – BOOK RELEASE PARTY FOR . . .
‘BORB’ – by JASON LITTLE / 6 PM FRI APRIL 24, 2015
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED
BERGEN STREET COMICS – 470 BERGEN ST – BROOKLYN

96 pages, 8.5 x 4 in, hardcover, b&w
published by Uncivilized Books, 2015
more: book & author info

JASON LITTLE teaches in the cartoon program at SVA, and resides in Brooklyn.

yep, the poster says it all . . . !!




~JEREMY BRADLEY EARL . . and ANDREW GUENTHER / it’s a black & white dreamy but controlled landscpe moment in BROOKLYN / soundscape by KEVIN MORBY !!

meanwhile, back to the present . . .

BROOKLYN SEEMS to be HAVING . . . A BLACK & WHITE MINIMALIST / FANTASTIC, IMAGINED & EVEN . . . ‘MAPPED-OUT’ . . . MYSTERY !! – LANDSCAPE MOMENT.

with new, controlled but dreamy surrealist futurist (?) black and white landscape drawings by JEREMY BRADLEY EARL opening at CINDERS HAUSCLUB to-night, THURS APRIL 23, 2015
with the musical performance by KEVIN MORBY at 8PM – NOT TO BE MISSED -!!
wow, is all I can say.
I just listened to: “all because of you – Harlem River” – !!!!!!!

(note: the show is viewable at Cinders Hausclub by appointment only – thru mid May 2015. / visit their website & make an app’t !!)

while some very new black and white, minimalist, earth re-imagined and newly mapped, land mass, erosion, here & now then gone (?) landscapes by ANDREW GUENTHER are opening at GREENPOINT TERMINAL, tomorrow FRI APRIL 24, 2015.


NEW WORKS by JEREMY BRADLEY EARL – MUSIC PERFORMANCE BY KEVIN MORBY at 8PM
OPENS TO-NITE: THURS APRIL 23, 2015 / 7-10 PM
CINDERS HAUSCLUB – 700 LORIMER ST – 2nd FLOOR, BROOKLYN (inside C.A.C.A)
RING BUZZER
SEE: FB INVITE & INFO

“JEREMY BRADLEY EARL . . is a NY-based visual artist and musician in the psychedelic folk rock band . . WOODS.
his drawings & collages evoke shamic illustrations for magical campfire folklore with easy, loose line work that endears and maintains an allure of mystery“.

see: JEREMY BRADLEY EARL – CINDERS. for more info & images


watch: WOODS – ‘TO CLEAN’, 2009 – on Youtube


watch: KEVIN MORBY – “HARLEM RIVER” – !!!! on Youtube
note: KEVIN MORBY is a member of WOODS.

THEN TOMORROW NIGHT, SYNCH UP YOUR BLACK & WHITE SIDES !! AND HIT, the . . .

ANDREW GUENTHER, JORDAN KASEY, NICHOLAS MOENICH and . . TRACY THOMASON OPENING
‘TIDAL POOL’ – CURATED BY ALEX EBSTEIN
OPENING FRI APRIL 24, 2015 / 7-10 PM
the show runs APRIL 24 – MAY 30, 2015
GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY - 67 WEST ST #320 – GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN, NY


ANDREW GUENTHER, ‘Untitled’, 2013

“The tide recedes from the shore and leaves behind temporary ecosystems,restructured and contained. Adaptable creatures once at the depths of the sea floor, are caught in the craggy landscape and reorganize themselves into a new set of rules, dramatic climate shifts and feeding habits. Vulnerable to gulls and other land predators in their shallow transparency, tide pools are fascinating to scientists and casual beach enthusiasts alike for this same quality. It’s in these still waters that mollusks, anemones, and smaller crustaceans are easiest to observe for their idiosyncrasies and industriousness.”

the show’s curator, ALEX EBSTEIN . . . is an artist, curator and writer based in Baltimore, MD. among other things, she is the co-founder and director of Nudashank, an artist-run gallery in Baltimore that presented programming from 2009-2013.

ANDREW GUENTHER: (b. 1976) is an American artist based in Brooklyn, NYC since 2000. he earned his MFA at Rutgers in 2000.

JORDAN CASEY: (b. 1985) grew up in the Chicago area and earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute Colllege of art in 2008. she has been living and working Brooklyn since 2013.

NICHOLAS MOENICH: (b. 1985) is also currently Brooklyn-based. He received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2008), and an MFA form Hunter college in 2011. among other things he also attended the Vermont Studio Center residency program.

TRACY THOMASON (b. 1984) hails from Gaithersburg, Maryland. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and before that, a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.




~SEAN VEGEZZI . . FLASHBACK TO 2010


ARCHIVAL PHOTO: SEAN VEGEZZI with CLARA . . NYC, MARCH 18, 2010
PHOTO & COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH

while I was looking through my archives, for some fab iO TILLET WRIGHT PHOTOS, I found this one of artist/photog/uidie curator – SEAN VEGEZZI, at that very same RYAN McGINLEY opening . . Ryan McGinley, ‘EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE’, MAR 18-APRIL 17, 2010. TEAM GALLERY, 83 Grand St, Soho, NYC.

how old is he, back then – 5 years ago . . 18 ? maybe.




~iO . . hits the Big time !!


iO TILLET WRIGHT, when she was running OVERSPRAY MAG, at a SECRET PROJECT ROBOT opening. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC. Oct 11, 2008.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


yes, that . . . is – !!

NYC’S very own . . . iO – !!

splashed across the tabloids, this week !!
making headlines for romancing AMBER HEARD, even though the beautiful but apparently smart crazy wild actress is . . . married to JOHNNY, JOHNNY D-E-P-P – !!

iO TILLIT-WRIGHT vs JOHNNY DEPP ?
I’m thinkin’ . . iO – wins !!

it takes a lot to steal the wind – off a pirate ship.

see: Photog friend exposes rift between Amber Heard & Johnny DEPP – PAGE SIX, NEW YORK POST

the ‘photog friend’ – they are all referring to is . . . IO.
Io ?
or, as she likes to spell it: iO !!
the story is making tabloid headlines all over the world, including the international Daily Mail, People mag, etc etc.
note: seems iO has gone to the platinum side !!, and her ‘he’ side is on focus, so much so, that the Daily Mail article actually refers to her, as “he” – !!
so, congrats – IO !!

she’s also apparently trying to look way older than her actual years . . . so trendy !!
I’m with ya on that !! – in truth she’s about 29.
damn, if life in the fast lane – sure don’t take it’s toll !!

ps: did you catch the whole Page Six post – at some point she was even living in Johnny’s guesthouse, but “Johnny doesn’t like Io”, and at so,at some point she had to leave – !!


RYAN McGINLEY – ‘PORTRAIT OF IO’
Ryan McGinley, ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’, March 18 – April 17, 2010.
TEAM GALLERY, 83 Grand St, Soho, NYC
OPENING NIGHT PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


IO TILLET-WRIGHT shows up to the opening.
OPENING NIGHT PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

see: RYAN McGINLEY . . . ‘Everybody Knows . . .” – OPENING NIGHT PIX / artlovers archive

so, as you can see, iO can switch from male to femme, in the bat of an eyelash. she’s very charismatic, and loves to play the game. unlike most of the mundane already !! ‘transgender’ stories being dumped on us left and right these days, artist that she is, iO likes to ricochet off both sides of the game – you go – girl.
she seems to really get off on the charade, the insta-flicker of sexual ‘persona’ and confusion.

one thing is for certain, she’s seems to be very camera-shy about her (own) body. you will never see any naked photos of her ?!!
even that McGinley shot – is a head portrait.

so, how old is iO – because she looks 40, in those recent tabloid pix.
in reality – she’s somewhere in the range of 29.

I know this, because iO . . . went to elementary school with my kids, Kate and Theo, PS 3 - on Hudson St. near Christopher in the West Village.
(“all roads lead to . . Nancy” / thank you very much for that enduring and apparently, correct quote – CHARLIE FINCH.)


screengrab: WATCH IO – give TED TALK – HUFFINGTON POST

PS 3 – and then, the WORLD – !!!!!!!

yep, this is what iO looked like – in elementary school. she was a boy and there was no ifs, ands, or buts about it. she drove everybody crazy. transgender, even bi-sexual wasn’t even in the dictionary back then. but role-playing was, and her parents were touring actors, so . . . this being PS 3, this being hardcore downtown public school NYC – let the kid role-play !!
and as she says it . . so much better, it’s none of the above . . . it’s: living outside the BOX !!
tell me about it. except for me – it’s an issue of radar, not gender.
insider vs outsider. always on the outside, looking in. never fitting in.
it’s borderline – high functioning autistic. no social skills, all heat-seeking radar.

and that was that.
but, even back then, as a 6 yr old kid she dove into her life like a full-blown tornado slash movie role – if you check out that Huffington Post article on her TED TALK, link below – it states that “for 8 years she convinced everybody she was a boy”, starting from age 6, so yeah, that’s her timeline at PS 3.

that was her heat-target mission when she went to school – to play with the boys. she ignored the girls and they ignored her. the big sticking point was the bathroom. it was a big controversy esp among those dumb-ass and pretty much clueless PTA moms over there, because iO used the boy’s bathroom. there was a whole group that thought iO was a girl, right ???
and shouldn’t use the boy’s bathroom . . .
and then, there was a whole other group who thought that iO was a BOY ?!!
and it was – ok.
so, why did they think iO was a boy ?
“because she uses the boy’s bathroom” – was the go-to answer. go figure, and seriously, that’s how it played out, the entire K thru grade 5.

she was a pretty intimidating kid for any unaware adult to confront, she knew what she wanted. she reveled in her theatrical role, and took much delight in confusing as many people as she could. though I’m not sure the boys were that convinced, but maybe they were. who knows. She just zoomed around with seemingly a boundless and joyfully engaged inner life, trouble was her middle initial. hellbent from the age of 6 on a ‘theatrical’ mission: gender confusion. all the while, playing it out with as huge of a mischievous grin as you could imagine, flitting about her impish red-haired pixie face. she was I’m thinking . . an Irish imp, super precocious. not to be defined by convention.
just born that way. get used to – it.

but am I surprised she’s Johnny Depp’s love rival ?
omg – so fab / fab tab-loid !! yes !!

see: IO – FOR 8 YEARS SHE CONVINCED THE WORLD, SHE WAS A BOY . . . with TED TALK VIDEO LINK – HUFFINGTON POST

see: iO Tillett Wright – Overspray Magazine . . . Io founded Overspray in 2002, and ‘shuttered’ it in 2008. the “world’s first street art publication” – ?!!
I don’t think so. drama, drama, drama follows this kid around like a second skin.

see: iO Tillet Wright . . about
damn, she EVEN has a – press agent – !!
guess that comes from having been a . . kid actor ?

see: iO’s PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO

where you can find this self-portrait .. Io and Amber:


IMAGE: IO TILLET WRIGHT-TUMBLR

see: iO’s – HOME PLATFORM / PAGE

‘LOSE MY NUMBER’ – PAU WAU PUBLICATIONS 2009
PHOTOGRAPHY BY iO TILLET WRIGHT – FOREWORD BY DIEGO CORTEZ
LIMITED EDITION of 250 – SOLD OUT
for more info: & a link to the book’s complete set of photos




~SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER & NANCY SMITH / POP-UP SHOW – SAT JUNE 6

SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER & NANCY SMITH – POP-UP ART SHOW & PARTY
CHINATOWN STOREFRONT – BOWERY & BROOME / SAVE THE DATE – SAT JUNE 6, 2015

DETAILS – TO POST JUNE 1st


SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, and NANCY SMITH – NYC, 1982
ARCHIVAL PHOTO BY SHELDON MOSKOVICI – COLLECTION: NANCY SMITH

BACK WHEN, WHEN EVERYTHING — SEEMED POSSIBLE, ALL OUR DREAMS & VISIONS.

SIMON’S SON, THEO CERIGO – INVITES Y’ALL TO A BIG ONE DAY/ONE NIGHT POP-UP ART SHOW & PARTY . . .

CELEBRATING THE ART WORK of THREE FRIENDS, TWO of WHOM ARE GONE to THAT BIG STUDIO in the SKY, and the 3rd, his mom NANCY SMITH – runs this site.


SIMON CERIGO, ‘CHARCOAL HEAD with PAPER FANS’, ca 1984.
charcoal, acrylic paint, found paper fans on paper. 38 x 50 in.
COLLECTION: THEO CERIGO & KATE CERIGO


NANCY SMITH, ‘BLUE TAMBOURINE, OLD ITALIAN TAROT CARD’ SERIES, ca. 1984.
acrylic paint on paper, 38 x 50 ins.
COLLECTION: THEO CERIGO & KATE CERIGO


DAN ASHER, ‘FACE’, ca. 1984.
oil stick on paper, 20 x 28 ins.
COLLECTION: THEO CERIGO & KATE CERIGO

PHOTOS OF ARTWORK: NANCY SMITH




~JERRY SALTZ vs ROBERT STORR – ROUND TWO !! SIMON CERIGO CRASHES THE TALK PARTY – !!

the local YALIES – JOIN THE FRAY – and, stick by their guy – !!

“in terms of SALTZ vs STORR . . . JERRY SALTZ is a lounge act. (!!)
Have a show with some titties in it and he will write a review.
Have a nice ass and he will write a good review.”

“Also ‘Rob’ has only been there since 2010/11 . . . if the art world is so fast that we should have the next hottest artist in 5 years . . then NO thank you !!!!!!”

artlovers: why the hell, not ? and YES, the art world is that fast !!
and, not only DO YOU KNOW YOU IT, but YOU WANT TO BE – IT, THAT HOT artist, really really badly !! like within 1 year of getting that hard-won Greenpoint apt, or that postage stamp-sized Bushwick studio. if not just so that you can actualy eat, as well as . . pay the rent.

and, further . . whoever hasn’t scored a gallery, no matter how shaky, within 6 months of getting to our fair little island, from the land-locked waters of the Yale Grad program, depression lurks around every corner, and meets every new Facebook event. it’s a veritable musical chairs !! Yale – style !!!
bring on the Greenpoint – shipping containers !! now, that’s a well done solution, DIY !!
olordy, I can just imagine it, the competing Yale newbie pop-up shipping container – wars !!

“ROB is an incredible educator who is not doing the Columbia (!!!!) thing – which is to be hip and fashionable.”

artlovers: Rirkrit Tiravanija . . . are you gonna take that – lying down ?

“I am biased, but I went to YALE because I don’t care about the SALTZ’S in the world . . . I don’t care about the VITO SCHNABEL’S . . . I make work. I make ideas, and I really believe that most of my classmates in the graduate program feel the same.
ALSO, YALE gives incredible FINANCIAL AID and scholarship – more than most schools. I would never have been able to study there if ROB had not restructured the program from the BOCHNER/HALLEY days (they used to have LOBSTER DINNERS). (!!)

artlovers: well friggin no wonder BOCHNER/HALLEY got so many students into galleries here, everybody knows that’s the way into the critics’ inner circle here, – give ‘em a lobster dinner. if SIMON, SIMON CERIGO, RIP was still around, he’d be chipping in, like a little song bird !!

ghost of SIMON CERIGO: private, LOBSTER dinners, haha !! key to many a success. back in the day, when MIAMI BASEL was just baby stepping it, they threw huge LOBSTER-LOADED BUFFETS here in NYC – to get the NYC collectors on board. I often saw that power duo, ROBERTA & JERRY . . at the private, night-before-opening lobster-laden previews at DAVID ZWIRNER.

artlovers: SIMON . . . being a bit ‘leaning’ to the mainstream, and quite academic, some would say encyclopedic about his art, and sometimes just outright stodgy, if truth be told, adored and worshiped at the altar of ROBERTA !! Roberta and he always greeted each year, esp as the years grew into decades, with many a casual pleasantry, and much info exchange on Simon’s part. Simon was the consummate FLANEUR.

Roberta was more tight-lipped, paid professional that she is.

though Simon could always tell when I had written something really outrageous, or in opposition to her point of view – on artlovers . . . just by her expression !! then he’d rush home and exclaim, what the f did you write – ?!!

in fact whenever she stopped to converse with him, no matter how briefly, he would rush home to report it like a grade A report card. and then he would call CHARLIE FINCH to make the requisite nightly report, his encounter with Roberta headlining the night’s events. He also always touted Zwirner’s shows, and I wonder, why ? lobster !! he was probably the only starving artist – they let in. I mean the dude did get around, and he liked that European agenda.
name names ?
well, for sure Simon jump-started the tidal wave craze for . . . THOMAS RUFF.
starting with the first online found porn blurry images of 2001, 2002, and 2003. come to think of it, Simon was a bit of a ‘lounge’ act, himself !!

but he also totally loved THOMAS RUFF’S blurry landscape photos and, the crazy abstract ‘Substrat Series’ . . .

in fact, I would hazard being sued, by speculating that ZWIRNER’S buzz, if not actual sales – has totally, ok ‘just’ . . fallen off with Simon gone. for sure, their 2014 CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS photography exhibit would have blown up huge, if Simon had still been with around. but despite a huge $$ / pr investment – and a MOMA exhibit, or two – it pretty much fizzled. well, anyway, as far as I can tell, without having Simon running back to tell me what big ‘user’ collector, and he HAD many of those losers in his party circle – now had 5 on their living room wall. and, none paid a thin dime, let alone a penny for the ‘consulting’. and Zwirner ?
well, Zwirner let him into the lobster fests.

as for Roberta ?
Simon would have been very hurt that she and Jerry didn’t show for his memorial, or make even one dedicated line addressed to his untimely passing, in JAN 2013 – in their press platforms. although both the OBSERVER and artinfo came up with some well-written, much appreciated, and not to forget . . entertaining obits !!

as for CHARLIE FINCH ?
he’d be asayin’: “never under-estimate that Nancy. Crackula – rules” !!
thanks, dude. learnt my ‘spin’ doctor ways from the best of ‘em. if it don’t tell a story – it don’t mean nada. and Charlie Finch was the best story-teller ever. and Walter ? he was just the meanest. Devendra Banhart, what the F – more musicians – you’re FIRED !!
I mean, part of the reason I went to artnet in the first place, 2002-2004 – to shill my art world pix was to try to make some income, in passing – off Simon’s art smarts – and, GOSSIP !!
RIP SIMON, we all . . miss you.

as for YALIES ?
what’s this got to do with YALE-IES ? well, I have it from a rock-solid source, straight out of the babe’s mouth, so to speak, that when a certain young YALIE, graduate program class of 2014, invites slightly older artists, or who have been around the NYC scene for more than one generation, they are not only amazed that he even knew Simon, but then they all, without a skipping a beat . . . proceed to tell him – what a Lower East Side legend – he was. (and Nancy, too !! – bye the way. sibling, I guess make that . . martial envy ?).

ok, so his GF is Simon’s daughter, Kate.
lordy. all grown up, and with her own blogger blood apparently. bye the way, STYLE.COM is up for a . . webby.
talk about a heat-intense missile YALIE !! – finding it’s mark, in the huge big city art scene here.
famous last words: “Kate, I didn’t know you – were ART WORLD ROYALTY” – !!


archival photo of SIMON CERIGO, when he was just about your age, 28 or so – in MONTREAL, from whence we came, just before he was about to split for NEW YORK, and never look back.
PHOTO: SHELDON MOSKOVICI – COPYRIGHT / COLLECTION: NANCY SMITH
so, GUESTOFAFGUEST, keep your thieving bimbette socialite paws, RACHELLE HRUSTRA – off the pix !!
CAMERON WINKLEVOSS – what a sleazy loser.


the archival – exhibit card for:
CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS. the self-titled show ran November 21, 2001 through December 21, 2002.
(wow, right after: 9-11 !!)
Reception: November 20, 2002, 6 to 8 PM
DAVID ZWIRNER, 525 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
collection: THEO CERIGO – SIMON CERIGO ARCHIVES

ps: the card is on solid stock, a full 8 x 8 inches – that’s the way they made ‘em – back in the day.

SIMON . . used to collect all the cards from the shows he saw, which is pretty much every show that ever happened in NYC. uptown and downtown, there was no real Brooklyn – yet. he didn’t do Cinders . . too much fun !! – all the better for me !! we tried to divvy up the scene between us, so we pretty much – had it all covered. he did mainstream, Soho, Chelsea and uptown, incl the auctions. and even managed to get the first openings of Venus Over Manhattan. I did underground, and the BREAKING FAST / HARD CORE. street art. I generally hate uptown, I like . . just being born. and no money !!
Simon liked . . money guys. even though they used him, and spit him out. ok, he got into a lot of huge parties.
and every now some rel ‘user’ collector, of the Japanese mafia elk – would throw him $1,000 bucks or most likely under – for a DAN ASHER.

but, he did call CANADA, their very first shoebox of a space, on the Lower East Side – it was a DEVENDRA BANHART show that brought him around. SIMON was a huge diehard indie music fan, see: artlovers indie music reviews . . a veritable treasure trove of indie music lore, going all the way back to the 60′s, 70′s was lost – when Simon went down.

anyways . . not all of the cards he collected managed to return home after the night’s parties, in fact most did not survive the journey . . he mostly gave them away to others, to spread the word, as he moved from gallery to gallery all night long. and often, even if they did survive, they were just not in good shape, as he liked to travel light, all the better to grab the lobster !! and imbibe the ‘refreshments’ . . so he just used to shove them into his pockets !! free hands, “guy”. Simon liked to say “guy” a lot. as in, “guy” – you are all wrong.

most of them, the cards that survived did so, because . . they were all scribbled over, with jottings-down of new contacts, ‘friends’ who wanted to soak him for advice and news, artists wanting him to come over to their studios, collectors who wined and dined him, and just plain illegible notes of upcoming shows, private viewings, parties to crash, etc, etc. he used to use WALTER ROBINSON’s name a lot . . to crash parties.
many a time Walter strode up to the pretty girl guest book sentries, only to be told, he had already entered, and been checked off. just ask Walter, he will confirm.

but the cards, the ones he revered, he made sure to bring them home in pristine condition – to place gingerly on my desk, like a cat bringing back a dead bird . . a gift of prey, a peace offering he knew would never fail, and would always keep him in my favor. despite the after-party nightlife, and not much else to show for – it. that, and the newest music, keep him in my good graces. he would always go back to the shows he loved again and again, bringing along a hard cover book or a magazine, or even a comic book, to make sure he would get the card home in mint condition.

this CHRIS WILLIAMS card, Nov 21, 2001 – Dec 2002 . . . was his very FAV, and that’s saying something.
he always kept it in fine order, and on constant display in his area of whereever we were living.
his son THEO, 26, now treasures it as his best momento of growing up among the Lower East Side ‘samurai’ – his word for me, Dan and Simon, who all lived their creative lives with such intensity, and not much mainstream acclaim, or money.

if there ever was a flaneur – for sure, it was his dad !!

‘samurai – flaneur’, now there’s a . . concept !!
newbie Yalies – take note.




~DJ CULTURE . . smooth sailing / Photo by JOHN VINK / CLOCKTOWER RADIO

on the other hand, if you just want some smooth sailing, traveling, and hobo ‘trainin’ vibes, to jump start your day. .
if you go to CLOCKTOWER RADIO now, you can catch the sweet musical vibes of: EN ROUTE – MAIDEN VOYAGE.

check out: EN ROUTE: MAIDEN VOYAGE HOSTED BY: CLAIR PETRUCCI / CLOCKTOWER RADIO


more info: EN ROUTE: MAIDEN VOYAGE


wow, take another look – at that photo: copyright JOHN VINK, from the series USA: Hobo-2/05/1986: Hobo going from Denver (Colo.) to Spokane (Washington) by freight train.
image via CLOCKTOWER PRODUCTIONS/EN ROUTE: MAIDEN VOYAGE

now, that’s one cool – photo.
the definite run-away, antidote to . . take-down, throw-down art critic / artist-on-artist turbulence, just don’t fall off – !!
oh, the wonder of it – all !!




~KATE FERENCZ . . see no evil / CLOCKTOWER RADIO

on the topic of hearty, evil & tres contrarian artistic turbulence . . .

“Philly-based, synth-pop song writer, musical explorer and mischievous singer KATE FERENCZ will be LIVE in the studio for . . Playing Hooky!”
CLOCKTOWER RADIO / clocktower.org/listen . . today: Wed April 15, 2015 – at 1 PM.

check out: CLOCKTOWER RADIO / art online

KATE FERENCZ was the Halloween witch who penned our Halloween greeting – last October.
see: HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2014


KATE FERNENCZ, detail / photo via SINGLE GIRL, MARRIED GIRL


a page from EVIL SWORD – a black and white lo-fi zine out of PHILLY, produced by BEN FURGAL and KATE FERENCZ – words by KATE FERENCZ.

profoundly prophetic, or what.
didn’t know – it would come to fruition several months down the road, in the great critic ‘take-down’ . . of SPRING 2015.




~JERRY SALTZ vs ROBERT STORR . . the class clown wins !!

talking about ‘throw-downs’ !!
did I call it right, or what ?
they are gonna be calling him . . “FLAY-EM ALIVE” BOBBY – for sure !!
100 bucks easy, the January Jones’ kid – is his !!

but . . back to art:
what the hell is wrong with being . . the class clown ?

JERRY SPRINGER, er I mean JERRY SALTZ vs ROBERT STORR ?
JERRY SALTZ wins – hands-down !!

who knew the art critics’ inner circle was so full of full-blown, knife-stabbing . . fighting, er, passion ?
in-house conflict, and blood feuds !!
I mean, I didn’t know . . just how I influential, I was !!
speaking about non-stop . . blood feuds.

I’ve been zeroing in after . . ROBERTA SMITH, like a heat missile – for-ever.
as long as I can remember, back when . . if you didn’t get written up in the New York Times, your whole show was a complete waste of time, and – then, if you didn’t get written up by the #1 in-house fascist arbit-traitor of mundane taste, i.e. Roberta – your work wouldn’t sell. no way. no chance.
where shall I start ?
putting up on the ‘must-have’ list, that stuck-up poster child for wannabes . . RACHEL HARRISON, as if !!
was the final straw for me.
taking down SHEPARD FAIREY and absolutely trashing CATTELAN’S fantastic, circular wonder of a hanging retrospective at the Guggenheim, going so far as to say it . . “was career-breaking” – !!
was the final straw that broke her iron grip – for many others.
meanwhile, I bet that that Cattelan show got the best attendance numbers any museum has scored, esp for a contemporary artist – in this city, for many many a decade. I bet it even beat the recent KOONS retrospective – for attendance.
of course, she still has penned many exceptional reviews, most notably on historic shows, but the lock-jaw power she once wielded on ‘calling’ the new art – has greatly diminished, and all for the better.

on a more personal bloodbath cause: she completely let JOSH HARRIS and the ‘QUIET: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ crew – the biggest pop-up art party, let alone brilliant social networking forward vision / seed – ever to happen in NYC, fly right over her head. even when the documentary on the downtown 100% hardcore artist caper – won Sundance 9 years later. not one line. not one comma of ink.

she wrote up that puny lightweight at FEATURE, HUDSON sorry RIP – and, not a peep about SIMON ? SIMON CERIGO – who she knew very well . . in passing, their paths crossing many times, over many years – as both trawled the gallery opening circuit. I guess bonafide c-h-a-r-a-c-t-e-r-s, just don’t count.

meanwhile, even though JERRY, who isn’t always the sharpest knife in the drawer, he didn’t get JOE BRADLEY at first, and he definitely missed the ‘skills’ memo (!!) – he sometimes lands right on the mark, just because he does take those fearless leaps, only a true fool can. ok, so he doesn’t have the greatest ‘eye’. he thinks . . with his gut, and that’s alright by me.
somebody he stood up for, who I pooh-poohed ? CARROLL DUNHAM !! and Jerry was so so so right.

I would even venture to say, Jerry’s seriously blade-flashing, ja ja joshing take-down of MICHELLE GRABNER, last year . . YALE’S biggest and greatest white hope to date, Saltz kicked her around like a soccer ball, remember ?!! was what really pissed – Storr off, and set his blood to boiling.

you know, of course Jerry was right, what a lame artist if I ever did see one, let alone a cutting edge curator, and don’t even get me started in on that . . . the WHITNEY: lovely new building, same old same old curators. MARY HEILMANN painting wooden deck chairs ?!!
damn, almost as tantalizing as MADONNA DEEP-KISSING DRAKE . . !! !!

yep, while ROBERT STORR might stand for a few things, he is definitely the tipping point in the great critics’ war, the great ‘take-down’ . . of 2015 !! (apologies . . throw-down Bobby Flay )
trust me, Storr would not be opening his mouth, not uttering a peep, not disturbing a fly, if he thought it would come back and bite him, i.e. adversely affect the fate of the hordes of art students, he sends out each year into the raging fires – of the NYC art scene. which pretty much eats them alive, but that’s another story. and in this respect his candor is all the more refreshing, and remarkable.

yep, for sure, the sharks – smell the blood in the water.

see: Yale Art Dean Robert Storr on How Today’s Art Critics Suck, Especially Jerry Saltz . . THE OBSERVER. April 10, 2015


JERRY SALTZ, senior art critic at New York magazine . . . does his thing. NYC, Sept 15, 2007.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

and, if you don’t believe me about MICHELLE GRABNER, being the w-o-r-s-t
check out: her website, MICHELLE GRABNER . . for yourself – !!

according to her current professional listings, and ROBERT STORR by implication – she was imbedded into YALE like a dirty sponge – in the role of visiting Professor / CORE CRITIC (!!) from 2011-2014.
well, I guess that gig is over, apparently.
the soccer ball mom got bounced.

wanna bet $100 . . nobody much better – took her place ?