~WALTER ROBINSON & me: a picture is worth a thousand words . .

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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 . .

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SIMON at Kate’s birthday party – check out that image to the bottom right !!

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yep, that’s an early 80s WALTER ROBINSON. I believe it’s in the show ?
it was in our collection, too.

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Kate, NANCY SMITH & SIMON CERIGO, 1991 ?
check out – that painting to the right . .

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another early WALTER ROBINSON painting, that was in our collection, in the storefront on Rivington.

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that was our kitchen – check out the painting, on the brick wall in the background . .

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WALTER ROBINSON, Pharmacy Cabinet – in our storefront in 1994 – also in our collection.
at one time.

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the family . . looks like 1988, Theo was just born.
those are my watercolors behind us.
in the storefront on Rivington. the Lower East Side.

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SIMON CERIGO, RIP . . building models, looks like 1994, 1995 ?
that’s one of his big paintings on raw canvas – behind him.

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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 . . catalog signing / Max Fish

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CHARLIE AHEARN and CARLO McCORMICK.

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JANE DICKINSON . . who did the great New Year’s Eve tile mosaic in the Times Sq subway station.

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RICK PROL.

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TOM OTTERNESS . . y’all know his subway stop – 14th St !!!!

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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.

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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.

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this one was for Helene, who had brought the copy she had received as a loaner to the show.

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WALTER seemed to be having a great time . . and why, not ?

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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 !!

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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 !!

WALTER ROBINSON – Revenge of the Under-Rated !!
WALTER ROBINSON . . big retrospective opening this SAT SEPT 17, 2016 at DEITCH PROJECTS.

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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.

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~DAVID HUMPHREY . . ‘RISKY BEHAVIOR’ . . FIELD PROJECTS

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 !!!!!!

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also check out: TSA – TIGER STRIKES ASTEROID

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DAVID HUMPHREY, BOOP MASK – in ‘RISKY BEHAVIOR’ at FIELD PROJECTS.




~JOCKO WEYLAND . . ‘EATING GLASS’

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

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ps: check out the ELK BOOKS WEBSITE – books, zines, films etc etc.
always worth a visit – been a fan for . . a long time.




~DUKE RILEY – QUEENS MUSEUM TEMP TATTOO arrives !!

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.

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Nonstop Metropolis: The Remix Rebecca Solnit & Josh Jelly-Shapiro
Illustration by DUKE RILEY, MAY 2016
Queens Museum

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).




~ADRIEN BRODY: WELCOME TO THE PLAYGROUND of the FEARLESS – ALFREDO MARTINEZ

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 !!

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but first:
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.

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ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ADRIEN BRODY & NOAH BECKER, NYC. SEPT, 2016.

photo: via JOSH HARRIS
card: archival collection NANCY SMITH




~MATT MOTTEL & FOGEL . . NEVER FORGET 9/11 via PETE VOGL / rock on !!

lol X 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

talkin’ about hand drawing . . from news clippings !! & monochrome photographs !!!!!!!!
tonality & . . passion !!!!!
rock on !!!!!
rock this town & yes. NEVER FORGET 9/11 2001 & the raw spirit of . . . NYC
home of the brave & the hardcore . . . gritty !!

this just in – from PETE VOGL: right on . . . POINT !!!!!!

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@bone_chi_chi (aka PETE VOGL): This is happening tomorrow. 9/11/16.
Never Forget! Matt Mottel and Fogel @nha_minh brunch show. 1-3 PM

image & text via Instagram @bone_chi_chi

see: nha minh on Facebook

nha minh – 485 MORGAN AVE, GREENPOINT / EAST WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN.




~ANDY MISTER & MICHELE ZALOPANY : BIG PICTURE . . OPENS TO-NITE / FRI SEPT 9

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION . . . not to be taken, lightly.
on both sides of the . . equation.

EXPRESSIVE DRAWING . . . compelled by ‘aggressive’ events & ‘re-constructed’ on a large pictorial scale . . not to be missed.

GALERIE MANQUE . . a new, recurring pop-up venue in Bushwick, will be presenting what looks to be . .
a sure-fire / fire-cracker of a ‘skills’ & ‘context’ relevant show featuring . . the awesome, political-in-tone, historical and impassioned . . realist hand-drawing, photo-based work . . of ANDY MISTER, & introducing us to the equally dynamic mind-set / skill-set . . of MICHELE ZALOPANY.

what makes this exhibit look so promising & compelling . . besides the fact that the images speak worlds – is their ‘mural-size’ (approx 8 x 13 ft.), decisiveness, and yet over-all ‘restrained’ expressionism – combined with an off-beat & emotional . . photo ‘tonality’.

what I find so personally fascinating about both artists’ work, is how each finds their own ways – to infuse what might have just been ‘photo-realism’ . . with a sense of ‘the hand’, behind the realism. (without falling into rustic expressionism). a certain ‘styl-ism’, as opposed to a straight-out / flat-out hyper-realism – that really steals . . the day.

again, if you are at a loss to begin breaking down the ‘style’ quotient, start with the unique ‘tonality’ – animating each artist’s work – the differing ‘vibe’ & over-all hue for what’s supposedly monochrome, almost photo-realism – couldn’t be richer in ‘imagination’ and pure artist expression.
translate: think Instagram or photo-shop . . ‘filter’.

in the vast sea of non-stop abstract “surfaces” & non-distinct “merging & morphing” human & organic ‘forms’, both sculptural & on canvas – that is currently threatening to drown the scene entirely . . . this show stands – gloriously . . apart.

the exhibition was organized by the gallery’s curator: GEORGE METESKY
and, he did a . . knock-out job. seriously.

‘BIG PICTURE’ – ANDY MISTER & MICHELE ZALOPANY
opens FRI SEPT 9, 2016 / 6-9 PM
the show runs thru SEPT 25, 2016
GALERIE MANQUE, 56 BOGART ST, 1R, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.

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ANDY MISTER, ‘London’, graphite on paper, 94 x 150 in.

Brooklyn-based “ANDY MISTER . . depicts a very active (translate: aggressive ?) attempt on the part of Scotland Yard to ‘kettle’ a crowd of 5,000 protesters at a G20 summit in London in 2009 . . the cordoning off held the crowd – which included both violent and peaceful protesters, as well as bystanders – without access to food or lavatory facilities, while riot police pushed into the crowd with batons and shields . . for a number of hours.”

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MICHELE ZALPANY, ‘Line-Up’, pastel on canvas, 88 x 156 in.

“MICHELLE ZALPANY, a Detroit native . . depicts a moment from the events that occurred in connection with the Sojourner Truth Homes in Detroit, in 1942. White Residents had vehemently opposed the creation of this federal housing project for blacks who had recently relocated to the city. On the date scheduled for the first residents to occupy the apartments, the prospective tenants were pelt with rocks and otherwise harassed by crowds of angry whites. A large number of black residents soon appeared to help the would-be occupants. The confrontation continued to escalate as the day went on. In response to the conflict, police arrested more than 200 blacks and 3 whites.”

see: ANDY MISTER – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

see: MICHELE ZALOPANY – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

note: images are courtesy the artists and GALERIE MANQUE




~NANCY SMITH, SIMON CERIGO . . back in the day: Concordia Univ, Montreal MFA students

yeah, SIMON CERIGO, RIP and I . . were both students at Concordia Univ in the 1970s – and GUIDO MOLINARI was our teacher.
see: GUIDO MOLINARI-images

to put it in perspective, we were the ‘next wave’ generation to follow in the footsteps of LEONARD COHEN. except instead of poetry – painting, formalist painting – was the big scene.
it was very, very ‘happening’.

we were ‘maudit’ anglophones, so we couldn’t get too much action re grants & exhibitions – because we weren’t Quebecois ‘frenchies’ in our DNA. at that time, the early 1970s – that was a big big issue, so after graduate school, Concordia University, MFA Studio Program (we were part of the first ever graduating class, lol) . . . while, pretty much everyone else split to Toronto or Vancouver – we split to . . NEW YORK !!
OF COURSE !!!!
and we never, ever – looked back !!!!

Simon used to haunt the legendary Lower East Side – Red Bar, and I used to walk the Soho streets with, who else ? Basquiat.
yeah, for sure – that’s how we rolled.

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SIMON CERIGO, RIP. in Montreal – in the early 70s.
see: SIMON CERIGO, RIP – OBIT – ArtInfo

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NANCY SMITH, while I was in the MFA Studio Program at Concordia University, in Montreal, in the early 70s.
yep, that’s me.
of course !!!!!! – I was . . . WILD !!!!!!!!!!

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NANCY SMITH, trucking my portfolio around, Montreal, in the early 1970s.
they used to call me . . GUIDO BABY – I could be a big ‘FAN’ – even back then.