~GIFC . . good-bye from NYC / had a super great time !!

. . . ART FORAGING !!!!

at: GIFC / GOT IT FOR CHEAP . . .

where: ARMORY WEEK / THE HOLE, THE BOWERY / DOWNTOWN NYC.
when: SUN MARCH 10, 2019 / ONE DAY ONLY – ALL WORKS / ALL SIGNED ORIGINALS / NO PRINTS . . . $30 / CASH & CARRY !!!


NH DEPASS . . .


JANE FERRY . . .


yep !!
I found one of mine !!
a ‘cut-out’ paper collage / riffing on both:
Japanese Edo Period woodblock prints & contemporary Japanese love for all things, folk art & esp. ‘Americana’.

I cut-out images from a vintage, kid’s ‘Japanese Art’ coloring book !!
& flowers are cut-out from standard issue – Garden Catalogs.
Signed & dated, March 2019. 9 x 11 in.


OONA BRANGAM-SNELL . . .
it was a such trip . . watching the pieces ‘talk’ to each other.


setail, OONA BRANGAN-SNELL.
I def was, so . . feeling a kindred, magical, ‘impish’ . . spirit.


oh, and under there / there’s another one of mine !!
hello .. Mr. Samurai !!

painterly faces by . . GRETA DONAHUE.
the randomness / the diversity / the infinite parade of so much unique expression – was a big part of the excitement.


foraging for art / seriously !!
watch: my GIFC CLIP !!


foraging for art / seriously !!


foraging for art / seriously !!
you had to be quick, the moment you put something down, in hesitation, it was gone.
and then you felt real bad, as it walked away – to another home !!

ps: you could also, in a blink: turn around, and come face-to-face . . with the main exhibit.


the space between the tables, laden with GIFC !!
and, the formal exhibit walls – was excitingly, perilously – lit purple, and very narrow.


I hadn’t really noticed til then – that THE HOLE gallery walls, were actually ’rounded’ where they meet the floor.
a way to break down that . . White Cube ?
very very nice.


I mean, seriously: rounded corners, too.


and seriously, you could turn around & look at the exhibit too.
RY DAVID BRADLEY.

ok.
a few more . . . !!!


SOTYMAE . . .


ANGELA LEYVA . . .


ANNA SIMSON.

ps: yes, there were – a lot of women artists – on the GIFC table !!


Madeleine . . .


and . . the most curious of the lot ?
‘primitive’, loose / realist paintings of birch branches . . holding smokin’ ciggies ?
by AUSTIN SIEGURT.

and yes, a good time – was had by all.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~GIFC . . THE HOLE / ARMORY EDITION /TO-DAY . . SUN MARCH 10 / 5 – 8 PM

BIG, BIG GIFC / GOT IT FOR CHEAP . . . POW-WOW at THE HOLE, today !!
SUN MARCH 10, 2019 / 5 – 8 PM
EVERYTHING . . is $30 a pop !!

THE HOLE, 312 BOWERY, NYC 10012

check out: GIFC / GOT IT FOR CHEAP / O-OLA aka ZERO ZERO GALLERY, LA

The Hole is proud to announce their . .
“second year hosting the GOT IT FOR CHEAP (GIFC) guys in the gallery. This Sunday March 10th we host the armory Edition of their international traveling worlson paper extravaganza. Hundreds of artists participate making works on paper and every piece is $30.
Well-known artists and lots and lots of emerging artists come together to contribute over a thousand works, laid out on tables throughout the gallery. It is $30 to enterwhich gets you one work of your choice; first come, first served !Yiu can buy as many as you want.Or just hang out and have some drinks and enjoy our current exhibitions.”
~THE HOLE Press Release

the range of works coming in – is as amazing and diverse as you would expect.

some of my faves:


above:
DEAN CHRISTENSEN . . .
image via Instagram @deansace_official


above:
JUSTINE NEUBERGER . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
ELIOT GREENWALD . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
NH DEPASS . . .
image via @nhdepass


above:
JULIA SERVINO . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
KIRSTEN DEIRUP . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
NANCY SMITH . . . collage, 2019. 9 x 11 in.
yes !! lol !!!!
I have 4 pieces – in the show !!
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide

GIFC . . .

at THE HOLE – AMORY EDITION / ONE DAY ONLY / SUN MARCH 10, 2019 / 5- 8 PM


plus there are . . 2 totally absolutely awesome exhibits – up at the THE HOLE !!
RY DAVID BRADLEY


RY DAVID BRADLEY, ‘$S”xx{‘, 2019.
Dye Cotton tapestry. 55 x 75 in.
with . . stage lighting !!

this is the room – where the GIFC tables are going to be set up.


and, in the side room !!!!
‘SNAKE PIT’ – by JOAKIM OJANEN !!!!!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / except where noted.




~ANTONE KONST . . DISTURB THE NEIGHBORS

on the other hand,
if you are looking to figure out the best ticket, among the absolute ‘horde’ of
’emerging’ artists . . clamboring on top of each other, to get your attention this weekend,
ANTONE KONST . . . would be a best bet.

ANTONE KONST, in . . . ‘Hi Friends’
a 3 person group show / opened MARCH 27
& runs thru . . . APRIL 24, 2019
DTN / DISTURB THE NEIGHBORS 339 E. 90th St, Suite D, Uptown, NYC 10128

note: with extended hours this weekend


ANTONE KONST, ‘Juggler’, 2019.
epoxy clay, glitter, acrylic, oil, canvas.
78 x 48 in.
(>$10,000)
image via Instagram @annntone


ANTONE KONST, ‘Juggler’, with a peek . . at a STEPHEN BENENSON canvas, at right.
image via Instagram story @annntone @jpirello

ps: the top/first image . . has the truer hue of blue,
but, the this image – is great for scale & general context of the show.
check the show out, for sure.
this small apt art gallery, albeit with big ambitions (!!), and a most dedicated following, will provide a much welcome respite – from the vast & chaotic art fairs.




~SCHOONY . . DISTASSI X CONTRA / POPPIN’ MAD . . GREAT !! / & BIG PARTY TO-NITE SAT MARCH 9

HEADS UP: IT’S A BRIT INVASION !!!
BIG !! PARTY !! TO-NITE AS WELL !! / SAT MARCH 9 / STARTS at 6 PM
DRINKS, MUSIC, GREAT ART & GOOD COMPANY !!!

DISTASSI ART X CONTRA GALLERIES !!!
LONDON X NEW YORK !!!

A LDN X NYC COLLAB / SHOWCASING . . . THE GREAT SCHOONY !!!

at CONTRA GALLERIES
122 W. 26th St, Floor 5, NYC 10001
HRS: FRI til 6 PM / SAT & SUN: 12 – 6 PM

RUNS THRU . . . SUNDAY MARCH 10

PIX FROM THE WILD, OPENING PARTY . . LAST NIGHT / MARCH 7, 2019:


great to finally see them up, up close & personal.
capturing the maybe / could very well be . . future in a heartbeat.
beautifully rendered.

Schoony, ‘Boots’ graphite Edition, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)


Schoony, ‘Boy Soldier Panel’
Fiberglass, 2019
($13,000)


detail, ‘Boy Soldier’
unbelievable . . what a statement.
a promise.
a dare.


classical modelling – with a determination,
that seems . . ingrained into the very DNA.
just you – dare me !!
KA-BOOM.


get it together, world / or . . this I promise you.


street fashion . . meet up.


I see your true colors . . .
from left:

Schoony, ‘Branded Off White’, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)

Schoony, ‘Branded Louis Vuitton’, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)

Schoony, ‘Branded Supreme’, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)


that is, so !!! so !!!
in-your-face / in your arm.
Schoony, ‘Branded Louis Vuitton’, 2019.


‘XL’
in-your-face.
in-your-arm.


The Love Child kills the . . DJ station.
the party temp goes way way up, when this ‘artist/dude’ gets behind the audio.


as JOSHUA will attest to.
the show attracted . . a supremo, gritty / edgy crowd.


CHRIS MARTINE of . . Contra.


DISTASSI X CONTRA !!! . . . . . LONDON X NYC !!!
KA-BOOM !!!!!

MICHAEL HOWES/LONDON, MATT McGLYNN of CONTRA, ED SANDERS/LONDON, BOE/DISTASSI/LONDON.

see: DISTASSI ART


also noted, Delta2 got the color up and running, on the custom subway car.

Delta2, Aluminum subway train, 2019.
($3,000)


they . . moved the RICHARD HAMBLETON down lower . . all the better to see.
the large, horizon-focused, gloriously metallic ‘landscape’, had been hung high up previously.
now it was eye-level, an eye-poppin’ eye-level at that.
it’s outrageously . . gorgeous.
if he hadn’t been so street bitter, Hambleton could have been a modern-day . . Turner.

RICHARD HAMBLETON, ‘Beautiful Painting’, acrylic on wood panel, 1994.
signed & dated. incredible condition.
(price upon request)


you could feel Hambleton’s tightly wound, aggressive energy . . in the way the surface was obsessively . . incised.


even his signature – was like a knife wound.
a branding, not unlike the Schoony arm-branding . . above (!!)


ALFREDO MARTINEZ, Gun Drawing.
I’m always going to be a die-hard fan.

ALFREDO MARTINEZ, gun drawing. 2017.
on hand-made collage paper, with colored marker.
at $1,000 / an outright . . steal.
wake-up . . my peeps, run & jump. & put your $$$ down.


just as we were about to say good-bye . . .


AL DIAZ (SAMO) shows up . . .


to make his mark !!


SCHOONY X AL DIAZ
LDN X NYC
DISTASSI X CONTRA

I always thought, or imagined, that ‘Schoony’ . . stood for: schooled by NY ???


LDN X NYC
DISTASSI X CONTRA

HERE’S YOUR – TICKET !!!
THIS WEEKEND ONLY / DON’T MISS THE . . . JOY-RIDE !!!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~SCHOONY !! . . at CONTRA / OPENS TO-NITE / THURS MARCH 7

‘NYC X LDN’ !!!!!!

‘DISTASSI X CONTRA’ !!!!!!

CONTRA GALLERIES & WHITEHOT MAGAZINE . . .

present . . ‘NEW YORK via LONDON’

a ‘transatlantic’ collaborative exhibition during Armory Week which will feature works . .
from the esteemed collections of London’s Distassi Art and New York’s own . . Contra Galleries.

Original pieces by such legends as: RICHARD HAMBLETON, SCHOONY, and Delta2 will be on show . .
“giving contemporary art fans a unique opportunity to see them all in the same room.”

see: ‘NEW YORK VIA LONDON’ / CONTRA

OPENING – THUR MARCH 7 / 6 – 9 PM
and running thru . . . SAT MARCH 9, 2019
CONTRA GALLERIES, 122 W. 26th St, Floor 5, NYC 10001


@mistermatttoyou: The Kids Are Alright . . . Come see our special collaborative exhibition ‘New York via London’ . . . featuring works from the esteemed collections of London’s @distassiart (Distassi Art) / thanks to my guys across the pond @howzi888 and @boe_distassi (Boe Distassi). The show will include never before seen works by British sculptor . . @schoony_art . . aka SCHOONY (!!),
and NYC street legend . . Richard Hambleton.
image via Instagram @mistermatttoyou


@mistermatttoyou: From London with Love.
ps: in the background . . work by @_smetsky / Art of Smetsky
image via instagram @mistermatttoyou




~MY . . INTERVIEW / on WHITEHOT MAGAZINE – BY NOAH BECKER

NANCY SMITH – INTERVIEWED ON . . ‘SURVIVING – THE 80s ART SCENE’ !!!
EDITED BY NOAH BECKER, who chose . . the BEST PHOTOS, btw !!

thank you, Noah !!
so sweet.

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check it out: INTERVIEW WITH NANCY SMITH – BY NOAH BECKER / WM / WHITEHOT MAGAZINE

ps: loving some of the feedback, all the way from: go girl, to “omg you ROASTED Walter Robinson”,
to . . “you were such a natural beauty”. (!!)

pss: Oh Walter, hush up, that’s the way it was !!
I don’t know why people are driven, to kill the very things – they love ?
he gave me my first break, and then he gave me . . the pink slip !!
keep the pink slips, in the paintings – darling !!

back in the early naughts, (lol)
at artnet, we used to have a saying: ‘what Walter giveth, Walter can taketh away’,
because he was quite fickle in building somebody up, art critic-wise, and then – giving them cold shoulder, next time.
little did I know, how true that was.

of course, the elephant in the room – is MARY BOONE.

she just got a little more time in the Big House, 2-1/2 years / 6 months more than Alfredo got – for his Basquiat scam.
I remember going to her openings, and being just dumbstruck, speechless.
everybody was there, it was electric, and that’s not even the half of it.
she was so cute and chic, a gamin, and she had everybody . . around her little finger.

now, she’s going to jail, for fraud, and I’m . . an indie cult star.

it’s . . def hard to grow old, esp coming up through the rough & tumble / stab-you-in-the-back art world,
but, there’s also something ‘irresistible’ about hanging around long enough,
to see how it all – shakes out.

Thank you again . . Noah !!

and, a big, big shout-out to my friends at ESSEX FLOWERS, who blew the interview up so big – on Insta !!
I’m really grateful, it’s been a hard-knock / hard-core life.
hey, but at least I ain’t . . ‘art blind’.
life is good.




~MADAME ROSA’S 80s ART PARTY / CONTRA / PARTY PIX !!

MADAME ROSA’S 80s ART PARTY
CONTRA GALLERIES
THURS FEB 28, 2019

note: the exhibition – is still up, and running.

things were really – starting to come together.


a great series of clips, focusing on goth street legend, RAMMELLZEE,
screening at the entrance.


looks like the ‘subway car’ was taken over by Delta2 !!
in clean black script.
Delta2, aluminum subway train, 2019.
($3,000)


left: street legend COSE TDS, with the show’s curator: LINUS CORAGGIO.


COSE shows me his work, on his iPhone !!


in the back room, custom ‘motorcycle’ by LINUS CORAGGIO, in the foreground.
in fact, all the metal work sculpture was by the show’s curator, LINUS CORAGGIO.
the first painting on the left, looking very Mondrian, with the big Keith Haring influence is by LA II.
and, yes !!
that is an early KEITH HARING on cardboard – at center, 1983.


a much smaller, metal ‘bike’ sculpture, by LINUS CORAGGIO.
great display table, btw / Restoration hardware !! Airplane series.


yes, that’s my famous Keith Haring, ‘chalk Angel’- on cardboard, from 1983.
Keith drew this white chalk angel, on a large discarded refrigerator box he had picked up off the street, outside the Red Bar, in the East Village . . one night – drew the chalk angel, and then handed it over to me, as thanks for returning his sketchbook, which he had passed on to me, for safe keeping – at his super chaotic, wild, & scarily over-crowded opening, at Fun Gallery, a few months back.

when we got it back home to our storefront on Rivington St, my hubby, East Village gallerist, collector, and artist . . SIMON CERIGO, painted the background white / thinking to add it to his appropriation work (!!). a few days later, Haring had sky-rocketed to international fame, and we framed it. so, it’s in pristine condition, Simon’s ‘signature’, and all.

KEITH HARING, chalk Angel on cardboard. 1983
60 x 23 in. (unframed)
the area of the actual drawing, approx. 19 x 23 in.
collection: NANCY SMITH, KATE & THEO CERIGO.


ANTHONY HADEN-GUEST.
my KEITH HARING 1983 chalk angel, behind him.


RICHARD HAMBLETON’s art works at Contra, they command a pretty hefty price, the larger ones – in the hundred thousand $$$ range.


ALFREDO MARTINEZ gun drawing. colored marker on DIY collaged paper.
I guess Alfredo is pretty much, 80s – in spirit.
($1,000)


Delta2 at Rosa’s Art Party, a peep of his new work to the side.


Delta2’s new work looked supremo – in the all-white ‘film shoot’ room.


RAMMELLZEE, mixed media , 1988.
I had never seen these before. very cool. very nice.


a newer work by Fab 5 Freddy. 2018.


M. HENRY JONES, with one of his signature lenticular portraits.
fun fact: his (bouncing-off-the-walls) studio on Ave A, was the original site of Simon’s early East Village gallery,
SIMON CERIGO GALLERY on AVE A.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~ALFREDO MARTINEZ x DELTA2 / BIG ART PAR-TAY !! MADAME ROSA’S at CONTRA / THURS FEB 28

HEADS UP:
if you are too hardcore to score $25 tix to the event, tell the doorman: Alfredo sent you.
that should get you in, no prob.

BIG ART PAR-TAY !!!!
THURS NIGHT / FEB 28, 2019 / 6 – 10 PM !!!!

BE THERE !!!!
MADAME ROSA’S . . . ‘SPIRIT’ . . . is in the house !!!!

CONTRA . . . where the BIGGEST BUZZ in the art scene – is happening, RIGHT NOW.
122 W 26th St, FL 5 / just west of 7th AVE / so, is that . . . ‘midtown’ CHELSEA ?!!!!
because it sure is . . gritty !!

hit: their website for VIP TIX – $25 !! and party like a KING.


@alfredomartinezartist . . “the subway car I had made in aluminum for a graffiti project at CONTRA.”
image via Instagram @alfredomartinezartist


@delta2nyc . . “Style from N.Y.C. the realist” (!!)
image via Instagram @delta2nyc

YEAH !! YEAH !! THAT’S RIGHT – FOLKS !!!!

DELTA2 . . is gonna paint up Alfredo’s subway car !!!!
that’s a WIN / WIN !!! if I ever did see one.

and, I’ve seen some, trust me.




~MADAME ROSA’S 80s ART PARTY at CONTRA / THURS FEB 28 / 6- 10 PM

CONTRA GALLERIES PRESENTS: MADAME ROSA’S 80s ART PARTY
THURS FEB 28, 2019 / 6 – 10 PM
CONTRA GALLERIES, 122 W 26th ST, Floor 5, NYC

go to the gallery website: & hit: ‘TAKE ME To THE 80s’. . . for VIP TIX $25 / INCLUDES LIMITED EDITION DELTA 2 PRINT




~’THE ART of NEW YORK: 1980s’ . . CONTRA GALLERIES / OPENING PIX – PART II

‘THE ART OF NEW YORK: 1980s’ – CURATED by LINUS CORAGGIO
OPENED FEB 13 & RUNS THRU . . FEB 28, 2019
CONTRA GALLERIES, 122 W 26th St, Fl 5, Chelsea / Midtown Manhattan

read more: ‘THE ART of THE 1980s’ – CONTRA

PIX FROM THE OPENING – FEB 13, 2019 / PART II


the show’s curator . . LINUS CORAGGIO stands beside his own work.
Linus founded the notorious ‘Rivington School’, and ‘Gas Station’, alternative spaces that played a dynamic role,
in the 80/90s Lower East Side underground art scene.


LINUS CORAGGIO, ‘Multi-Chop’, 2018.


the ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ lightbox by JOSH HARRIS – seems to have found its . . niche.
metal chairs by LINUS CORAGGIO.
left: painting by FA-Q / right: painting by FA_Q / LINUS CORRAGGIO.
watercolor on paper, 1985.


great piece by FA-Q aka KEVIN WENDALL !!
‘Untitled’, 1985.
mixed media collage. 48 x 36 in.


great piece by FA-Q / LINUS CORAGGIO


works by AL DIAZ aka SAMO and LINUS CORAGGIO, 2017.


AL DIAZ . . was at the opening.


left, NIK LESANTE, creative director and studio manager/production at Contra, with Contra founder STEVE MAZZ.


NOAH BECKER of Whitehot magazine, helps ALFREDO MARTINEZ tour the show.
they both contributed input to the event.


M. HENRY JONES . . ‘KEMBRA’.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH