~CASUAL ART FAIR: CYRIL MAZARD & MARK ENGER, GHOST
CYRIL MAZARD . . . brings on the GHOST ARMY !!
what is the LOWER EAST SIDE – without the ghost of MARK ENGER, RIP ?!!!
CYRIL was exhibiting & selling some indie zine / books of his own making – including this soft cover, full color catalog, titled: ‘Cyril Mazard – 50 Paintings 1996-2012’, which featured this quite good portrait of . . MARK ENGER – towards the back.
titled: ‘MARK BY CYRIL’, 2011 . . I guess it was painted after Mark’s untimely death, Jan 7, 2011.
this sweet & so so talented authentic civil war / cowboy . . lost the battle with throat cancer. yeah, he smoked, he drank coca-cola like it was water, actually . . instead of water, and he lived and worked in his silkscreen studio amidst all the fumes . . so there ya go, another lonely cowboy rides off into the sunset.
I’m only cracking jokes, because otherwise I’d be crying, and that’s why it took me so long to start – these Casual Art Fair posts.
talk about . . ‘outsiders’ !!
I mean, if you can call WALTER ROBINSON, an ‘outsider’ with decades, decades !! of writing about the art world – under his belt, a recent & very successful, traveling museum retrospective, & . . a big big show – now up at JEFFREY DEITCH – an ‘outsider’ . .
then what do you call . . MARK ENGER ???
Lower East Side cowboy . . legend – that you never heard of ?
so, when I get so down on WALTER, and all those other status quo ‘critics’ – mouthing off their bs & highly predictable garbage – in the mainstream cesspool of the NYC artworld – it’s because of the really great AMERICAN MASTERS – like MARK ENGER aka EXPLODING SKY WORLDWIDE, who never had a chance in hell – though I did my best to scream his name . . out loud, and to Walter, too.
who could have helped bring his work to the front page, but totally dropped the ball.
someone told me last week, that it’s not just really . . ALL about what you did in your lifetime that matters – but who remains, to tell your story !!
I’m – hoping that’s true.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH