“I unleashed a lot of evil on the world” ~ WALTER ROBINSON
at his artist talk, yesterday evening at DEITCH PROJECTS.
Tues Sept 27, 2016.
and, he wasn’t joking . . . !!
ALISON GINGERAS, WALTER ROBINSON & JEFFREY DEITCH . . .
at Walter’s ‘unscripted’ !! artist talk, that took place in his traveling retrospective/exhibit, which is now up at Deitch Projects, thru Oct 22, 2016.
Alison was the moderator.
behind Walter, is his early ‘spin’ painting, the aptly named . . ‘Vacation from the Self’, 1986.
Enamel on canvas. 36 x 36 in.
Walter was pretty funny, for a very Oklahoma-born, Canada Dry Ginger Ale kind of guy. a lot of what was the funniest stuff went right over the audience’s ‘collective’ head, because they thought . . well, he must be joking, but haha no siree – he was not !!!!!
I was, more than – pleasantly surprised to see my ‘used-to-have-been-mine-in-the-early-80s’ . . ‘REVENGE’ – a star of the show !!
WALTER ROBINSON, ‘Revenge’, 1982. Acrylic on board, 40 x 30 in.
oh my god, how many countless careers did he cut short – just because he was in a bad mood !! from fighting with Charlie F !! or because he was snubbed, or just because he was bored & most likely . . . jealous, or worse . . intellectually uninspired ?
not to mention “not paid enough’ – even though he was the only one at artnet – to get a salary.
ah, the critics’ life in NYC.
he did let on . . that writing those ‘WEEKEND REPORTS’ (at artnet) were “hard work” . . .
and, thank god for … INSTAGRAM !!!!!!!!!!
no words needed . . here.
but, he still doesn’t post anything really remarkable & about to blow the world apart – Walter always puts white bread on his sandwiches !!
though he did post a photo of deep sleepers / ghost army RIP: SIMON CERIGO, and DAN ASHER’S work . . from our ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ 3 person pop-up show, of JUNE 2015, on his Instagram feed – but he didn’t post a photo of my work, huh ?!!!!
he did graciously let drop – that he was . . ‘sexist’ !!
and, dammit – he is.
WALTER ROBINSON, ‘Bromo’, 1984. Acrylic on canvas, 56 x 36 in.
I mean, I am the one who worked for him, for FREE !! for 3 friggin years at artnet – producing his best cutting edge report, so you’d think, just as a courtesy ?????
and trust me, though I will always kiss his feet – for giving me the chance to prove my presentient insights were golden bread crumbs strewn on the steep path of art collecting – when god knows, NOBODY else would, it was not a pain-free . . ‘workplace’.
he brought me to tears, 3 times !!
I mean it, and if you know me – I’m pretty hard-core from being kicked around, ignored & basically under-estimated since forever – so that’s a pretty big bottle of poison pills, to swallow. and usually it was over something stupid like . . I “had brought in too many musician photos” !!
“Devendra Banhart . . who ?” / “Joe Bradley in Cheeseburger – who ?”
haha, talk about famous last words.
when I insisted the photos go up, or I go out. he bellowed: out !! & said I was giving him a headache – but sure enough, the photos would appear alive and well, kicking under my name, within the next day or so.
and crowning touch: he is the guy, who in true blue New York City Anna Wintour diva style . . . finally fired me for being: “too successful” !!
I kid you not, his exact words.
and with 2 small kids to feed, and 2 days before Christmas.
I wasn’t getting paid, but I had hustled ads from the new galleries I was bringing to the table: CANADA, and BILL BRADY’S ATM, just to name a few.
(W MAG – are you listening ?)
WALTER ROBINSON, ‘Society Nurse’, 2011. Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 36 in.
of course, he did go on to drop that his own career, at Metro Pictures in the 80s, had been cut-off at the knee – before it even began, by a one-sentence ‘diss’ from . . “KIM LEVIN in the VILLAGE VOICE. I only sold one painting, in a show of spin paintings, and that was that.”
bro, so sad. welcome to the art world.
so what does he do ?
he sticks to . . writing and art journal editing – I guess, just one big . . mean nurse – forever !!
with a big huge . . needle.
though he does come off ‘roly poly’ to the mostly . . half-lifes – he promotes.
let’s just say it – more nicely: try making money off following Walter, excepting the Nancy years !!
and yeah, he said it a few times, writing all those endless weekend-wrecking, word-driven art screeds – was a headache.
he seems much happier now.
and what’s to complain about ?
what a great show !!!!!!!!! freenemy !!!!!!!!
WALTER ROBINSON, ‘A Matter of Taste’, 1985. Acrylic on canvas. 50 x 25 in.
and another – ‘used-to-be-mine’ – back in the mid 80s !!!!
THERE’S . . . NO DENYING:
WALTER ROBINSON . . . is a GREAT, GREAT UNSUNG AMERICAN PAINTER.
OK, I don’t like the ‘Wayne Thiebaud’ pieces so much, the flannel shirts, the shoes, the hamburgers, but wow – everything else !! r-a-d-i-a-n-t !!
so, maybe . . just like it was actually a GIFT – that Walter fired me, and . . ultimately FREED ME !!!
to write what I want, and post what I want – and . . GET ALL THE CREDIT !!
because NO, I was not just the dog photog who was told where to go, I was the event photog who brought in the goods !!
it might have burnt Walter to be ‘let go’ at artnet, but then he actually had no other choice, but to slog the paintings once again, and . . here we are !!!
someone in the rather repressed, ok – well-behaved ??? audience, (where was the ghost of party-boy big mouth Simon – when you most need him ?!!) . . .
piped up and asked Walter . . where were all his porn paintings ???
oh yes !!!!!!
Walter answered something to the effect that . . “I guess ‘they’ wanted to keep the show . . presentable” ?
say what ???
WALTER !!! – you’ve got a stash of early PORN PAINTINGS hidden away – BRING THEM ON !!!!!!!!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
NANCY SMITH with her . . JACK GOLDSTEIN PAINTING, ca. 1986
this is me & Kate . . with our JACK GOLDSTEIN ‘LIGHTNING’ PAINTING. it turned out to be the biggest one that he, Jack produced. we bought it in 1986, maybe 1985. somewhere in that time frame, for about $10,000 directly from Metro Pictures.
We sold it for something like $60,000 . . just a few short years later. we needed money to feed the kids.
Simon sold it way too soon, like pretty much everything else, but that was the . . downside of Simon’s brilliance, and let’s just leave it – at that.
EDIT DeAK with Kate, NANCY SMITH, and SIMON CERIGO . . with our JACK GOLDSTEIN ‘LIGHTNING” painting,
at the time, Edit was the editor of ARTFORUM, I believe.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, of archival originals – taken against my keyboard.
original photographer unknown, hard copy 35mm photos are from – our family photo albums.
SIMON CERIGO, with WALTER ROBINSON’s very funny . . ‘Chimp Reporter’ painting.
in his short-lived . . Simon Cerigo Gallery – 212 Ave A in the East Village, circa 1986.
that’s a box of Huggie diapers for baby Kate, on the floor beside him . . that’s how I can date it.
Simon probably purchased well over 10 paintings, if not more – of Walter’s work in the 80s and early 90s. as soon as he had a couple of grand, he’d buy another. the first few were bought straight from Metro Pictures, the rest directly from Walter himself. Walter’s gig at Metro sort of fell apart – almost as soon as it started. we were never quite sure if Walter sabotaged himself, there were rumors he was contrarian in terms of what the gallery wanted. or, if it was because ELI BROAD, who was buying up the Pictures generation, like Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson, from the same Metro Pictures gallery, like they were dime store candy . . just totally, TOTALLY . . missed the boat on Walter ?
I’ll spare you my usual rant on ELI BROAD, that he’s nowhere close to what he’s chalked himself up to be . . but, hey: what do I know ????? lol !!!!!
SIMON CERIGO over . . ELI BROAD – any day !!
we had over the years, just to name a few, that ELI does not !! the original ‘LOVE HOTEL’ large color photo by MARIKO MORI, JACK GOLDSTEIN’S largest ‘lightning’ painting, the first VANESSA BEESCROFT paintings of Amish-looking women, and . . plenty of DAN ASHER works, another sleeper . . . no doubt.
and then of course, from 2002 onwards, ELI has nothing on . . art lovers !!
game over, dude.
anyways . . they, Walter’s paintings . . became a really hard sell, except for his sister, Helene the doctor !! this painting could not be sold for love or . . money. even Helene didn’t want it. I didn’t get why it didn’t fly out the window – it was a riot . . . and, neither did Simon. he desperately tried to sell it many many times over, for at least 15 years !! I think at one point Walter even began to think that Simon’s relentless flogging of his work – was a liability !!
so: too bad Simon didn’t live to see his instincts . . slam a home run / thanks in good part to BARRY BLINDERMAN, also an early die-hard, hard-core fan of Walter’s from back in the day, the early Lower East Side days – who put together that fab huge traveling retrospective, that got the ball rolling. and also produced that wonderful catalog – which just keeps on snowballing & Walter’s work . . is finally selling – like pancakes.
finally, my ole artnet ‘boss’ is getting his true blue dues – after spending way too long talking about . . other people’s art.
and in part, being dismissed, because of that.
don’t even get me . . started.
I wonder what Walter is going to be like – as a millionaire ?
and, just in case you weren’t aware of it: it was Walter himself, who bestowed that mortifying handle: artloversnewyork – on me !!
so . . . watch out !!
Revenge of the Under-Rated . . has just begun !!
life ‘Under the Volcano’ of the Lower East Side, in the 80s & 90s is about . .
to . . . e-r-u-p-t !!
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
WALTER ROBINSON . . ‘Revenge’, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
in our collection.
can you see it – on top of the canvas stack – dead center ?
in our storefront. 5 Rivington St, the East Storefront, just a few doors up from the Bowery.
it was Jan 15, 1988 – Kate’s 2nd birthday party . .
SIMON at Kate’s birthday party – check out that image to the bottom right !!
(and trust me, Simon was the kind of guy – who’d put a . . lamp on his head at a grown-up art party, just as easily !! and with even more gusto, one can only imagine, and then multiply . . by 10)
yep, that’s an early 80s WALTER ROBINSON. I believe it’s in the show ?
it was in our collection, too.
Kate, NANCY SMITH & SIMON CERIGO, 1991 ?
check out – that painting to the right . .
another early WALTER ROBINSON painting, that was in our collection, in the storefront on Rivington.
that was our kitchen – check out the painting, on the brick wall in the background . .
WALTER ROBINSON, Pharmacy Cabinet – in our storefront in 1994 – also in our collection.
at one time.
the family . . looks like 1988, Theo was just born.
those are my watercolors behind us.
in the storefront on Rivington. the Lower East Side.
SIMON CERIGO, RIP . . building models, looks like 1994, 1995 ?
that’s one of his big paintings on raw canvas – behind him.
that’s Kate in front of one of Simon’s big paintings on raw canvas.
must be 1992 ?
big MOEBIUS fan.
brand new fire engine red . . converse sneakers !!
it’s a little hard to speak about yourself, in the first person, so I’ll just say, way ahead of the game !!
and, Simon was a great painter.
UNDER THE VOLCANO – watch out . . !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
WALTER ROBINSON . . at a pop-up catalog signing of his retrospective museum show . . curated by BARRY BLINDERMAN of the University Galleries of Illinois State University.
I believe at that time, Nov 8, 2015 – all Walter knew was that the show was going to travel on to Philadelphia, for a spin – and this was a way to get his catalog & some sense of the show . . out to his friends in NYC.
Walter’s longtime & devoted ‘squeeze’ . . LISA ROSEN, with LOUIE FLEZK.
some of you may know Louie as the cameraman on the infamous Kostabi cable tv game show: Name That Painting.
JOHN AHEARN and CHARLES McGILL.
the event took place at the newly re-positioned but still looks the same, MAX FISH BAR in the Lower East Side.
CHARLIE AHEARN and CARLO McCORMICK.
JANE DICKINSON . . who did the great New Year’s Eve tile mosaic in the Times Sq subway station.
TOM OTTERNESS . . y’all know his subway stop – 14th St !!!!
Simon’s sister, HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN, MD . . who lent Walter’s early, 1982 . . ‘Revenge’ painting – to the show, and she owns quite a few others, as well.
WALTER ROBINSON . . signing catalogs.
he sold out the entire lot that he had on hand, a good-sized carton box full.
they were $35 a pop.
this one was for Helene, who had brought the copy she had received as a loaner to the show.
WALTER seemed to be having a great time . . and why, not ?
WALTER ROBINSON . . ‘Revenge’, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
Helene’s loan, which she had purchased from her brother SIMON CERIGO RIP, who had purchased it directly, from METRO PICTURES.
way back in the day, 1982 !!
me and SIMON . . also were the first owners of this one.
WALTER ROBINSON, ‘A Matter of Taste’, 1985.
acrylic on canvas. 50 x 25 in.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
WALTER ROBINSON – Revenge of the Under-Rated !!
WALTER ROBINSON . . big retrospective opening this SAT SEPT 17, 2016 at DEITCH PROJECTS.
WALTER ROBINSON, ‘Revenge’, 1982. acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
with the original Metro Pictures label still on the back !!
collection: HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN, M.D.
provenance: SIMON CERIGO, METRO PICTURES
photo: Helene Cerigo Lupatkin, M.D.
& . . . part of the ‘WALTER ROBINSON RETROSPECTIVE’ – which originated at University Galleries of Illinois State University, curated by BARRY BLINDERMAN, Oct 17-Dec 22, 2014 – which then went onto a 3 month run at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Jan 23-March 12, 2015 . . .
and which now comes to NYC – courtesy of JEFFREY DEITCH . . .
who always has his eye on the . . prize / might be the best way to put it !!!!!!!
and, it used to be . . . mine !!!!!!!!
Simon’s sister, Helene . . . owns it now.
yes . . revenge is sweet !!
esp when it comes to calling . . art !!
being way ahead of the game is perilous, let’s not go there / / / / /
but revenge is most definite sweet, and too bad Simon, SIMON CERIGO didn’t live – to see this.
Walter was one of his earliest calls in NYC – in the early 80s.
we owned about 6 of them. if not more.
all kinds, and in all sizes. we had the Romance / Porn ones, the pharmacy cabinet ones, an oddball floral still-life, and even . . the big ‘ape’ journalist – was ours at one time, too.
FIELD PROJECTS & TSA LA present:
‘RISKY BEHAVIOR’ – a group show
opens THURS SEPT 15, 2016 / 6-8 PM
and runs thru OCT 29, 2016
HRS: THURS-SAT, 12-6PM
FIELD PROJECTS, 526 W 26th St #807, NYC
definite !! read more: about the show – Field projects # 34 !!
and yeah, I guess RISKY rhymes with . . frisky !!!!!!
also check out: TSA – TIGER STRIKES ASTEROID
DAVID HUMPHREY, BOOP MASK – in ‘RISKY BEHAVIOR’ at FIELD PROJECTS.
great – title !!
JOCKO WEYLAND . . . ‘EATING GLASS’
reading & book signing
WED SEPT 14, 2016 / 7:30 pm
FAMILY BOOKS, 436 N. Fairfax, LOS ANGELES, CA.
published by: 19/80 Editions
ps: check out the ELK BOOKS WEBSITE – books, zines, films etc etc.
always worth a visit – been a fan for . . a long time.
my DUKE RILEY temporary tattoo just arrived !!
it’s my ‘reward’ for contributing $10 bucks to the QUEENS MUSEUM Nonstop Metropolis Kickstarter campaign . . .
& . . it’s a beaut !!!!!!!
and a tiny one at that !!
hurray – 2016 CHINESE YEAR of the mischievous MONKEY !!
YEAR of the . . micro nano tiny mini small !!
it’s only . . . . 2 x 3 in.
and . . it’s a temp !! which definite counts in that micro direction category, too.
so put that – in your pipe and smoke it.
Nonstop Metropolis: The Remix Rebecca Solnit & Josh Jelly-Shapiro
Illustration by DUKE RILEY, MAY 2016
and YES !!
DUKE RILEY knows all about Chinese New Year & the animal-populated Chinese Horoscope – up-front & personal.
see: DUKE RILEY – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
in other . .
Chinese monkey news – my shiny new rose gold iPhone had a fatal run-in with a take-out order of moo shu, & oh yeah it’s dead.
don’t even want to talk about it.
Chinese take-out – get it ?!!!!!!!!!!
just hoping they can save my pix.
so – if you need to contact me – email is the only way to go.
til further notice. bummer.
that’s what I get for being so . . . happy !! (lol).
so, look . . . who pops up – on 9-11 !!
ALFREDO MARTINEZ !!
his big news: he just sold 2 pieces to avid art collector . . actor ADRIEN BRODY.
knowing Alfredo, I ask for proof.
a picture is worth = a thousand words !!
the card for Alfredo’s huge group show – that was downtown New York’s response . . to 9-1l.
the show took place DEC 14, 2001 – and ran thru JAN 10, 2002.
the venue was in Williamsburg – a huge alternative & very raw pop-up space / about to be bar – at 90 N.11th St & BERRY . . . c/o JEFF GOMPERTZ.
some interesting names among the more than 60 exhibitors: BRENDAN CASS, CHEYNEY THOMPSON, DONALD BAECHLER, DUSTIN YELLIN, ELLEN QUINLAN, FORCEFIELD, ILLONA RICH, JEFF GOMPERTZ, JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT (!!), JOHN EBERENZ, JONAS MEKAS, KENNY SCHACHTER, LOLA SCHNABEL, NANCY SMITH, PAZ de la HUERTA, SIMON CERIGO, SURFACE-TO-AIR, TOM SACHS.
ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ADRIEN BRODY & NOAH BECKER, NYC. SEPT, 2016.
photo: via JOSH HARRIS
card: archival collection NANCY SMITH