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Downtown’s ‘In Dialogue’ Group Show Talk of Town

Art & Design

Deejay and man-about-town Peter Makebish makes the big leap into art curator mode with the lithe of a panther at the Bowery’s not-so Anonymous Gallery.

Late week a “veritable who’s who” of the art and nightclub worlds landed upon the Anonymous Gallery space-all two stories of it-to have some civilized-debauched fun while checking out the mostly Herculean-sized works of Donald Baechler, Ross Bleckner, Kadar Brock, Brendan Cass, Sante D’Orazio, Matt Jones, John Newsom, Hermann Nitsch, Bill Saylor, Kenny Scharf, Ouattara Watts, and Dustin Yellin.

The show–curated by Peter Makebish (who you may have seen in past and present spinning at submercer or the Maritime’s club, among other hotspots)–stood out for its ’80s-vibed energy. There was that reckless vibe too of the late ’90s and early 2000s, when “art stars” began breaking bad again, and the term “high art” was living up to its name.

There was little pretension to it all, and for once, decent wine and champagne didn’t run out of gas in the first half hour. For some reason, a vintage Airstream was parked out front, with the doors open for comings and goings.

And who was that herky-jerky man with the buzz cut moving about the room, doing the “Shag” and a bit of performance art himself? None other than British art-and-investigative journalism scribe and onetime nightlife ironman Anthony Haden-Guest, who wrote the astute and witty foreward to the “In Dialogue” brochure.

Good times, great art. Big shit to really look at. And if your champagne glass wasn’t filled, larger-than-life, Falstaffian painter John Newsom had a pour in his hand at the ready for you. (Don’t let the “Ginger Man” punch you. Your arm will stay sore for weeks, as if Jimmy Caan had affectionately popped you one with his Popeye meat-hooks.

The crowd and many of the artists could be found at about 3:30 a.m. at both Blue Ribbon and The Bowery Hotel, doing what good artists do: drinking, getting drunk, falling down, no problem! The show is up through May 23, on Bowery at Broome Street, east side.

UNHOLY: Matthew Barney, photographed by Sante D’Orazio.

Check out the art at www.anonymousgallery.com

- Neddy Merrill

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