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"December Distribution Doubletake"
1989, public event, Washington and I-10, Houston, Texas.
The Art Guys sold newspapers from sunrise to sunset.
NEWS OF 2008

This event is organized in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston for the exhibition "No Zoning: Houston Artists engaging the City."
Exhibition dates May 1 – July 12, 2009.


Exhibition Schedule:
Galveston Arts Center August 25 - October 7, 2007
Nave Museum, Victoria November 29 - January 13, 2008
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, February 1- April 13, 2008
Ellen Noel Museum, Odessa May 16 - August 3, 2008

UTSA Art Gallery, San Antonio, September 3-October 12, 2008

he Grace Museum, Abilene December 12, 2008 - February 20, 2009 ON VIEW NOW!

Click on the images below to view the show at the Galveston Art Center


This newly published catalog offers a side of The Art Guys rarely seen with many works exhibited for the first time. Published by the Galveston Arts Center in 2007 in conjunction with the exhibition of the same title. Includes an introductory essay by Lynn Herbert, Adjunct Curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. 78 pages
Order this book from THE ART GUYS. All books are $20 (price does not include $5 handling fee and postage)

Read the review in the Houston Press!

Microcinema International to unveil Art Guys anthology!

Microcinema International will produce a DVD anthology of The Art Guys’ performance and video works scheduled for release in the fall of 2008.  Included in this 2-DVD box set will be selections from the The Art Guys’ live stage performances, conceptual events in public, video works, and the ZenFilm documentary of “SUITS: The Clothes Make the Man,” the epic one-year event wherein The Art Guys wore Todd Oldham designed business suits emblazoned with leased corporate logos.  This will be the first such compilation of The Art Guys’ video works.  

FOUNDED IN 1996, MICROCINEMA INTERNATIONAL is a leading international rights manager, exhibitor, and specialty markets distributor of the "moving image arts." Microcinema International specializes in the acquisition, exhibition, and distribution of independently produced works of an artistic and socially-relevant nature.  Microcinema International has produced and distributed DVD’s of Robert Rauschenberg, William Wegman, Dennis Oppenheim among many other artists.
For more information on Microcinema International, please visit their website at

The Art Guys get the lead out in
Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite
curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter, deputy director and curator of exhibitions,
University of Richmond Museums, VA

(L) Bonded Activity #55 [Skyscraper] (1999), pencils and glue on wood base, 84x36x36"
(R) Welcome (Pencil Tower Study from 101 of the World's Greatest Sculpture Proposals), 1999,
graphite, pastel, colored pencil, spray paint, acrylic, ink, collage on paper, 47x90"

Read all about it here and here.

Exhibition schedule:
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA, August 2007 - September 2007

click on the images above to see installation views of The Art Guys work in the exhibition

Bedford Gallery at the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA, October 2007 - December 2007

click on the images above to see installation views of The Art Guys work in the exhibition

Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, January 2008 - March 2008

click on the images above to see installation views of The Art Guys work in the exhibition

Salina Art Center, Salina, KS, April 2008 - June 2008
Baum Gallery of Fine Art, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, September 2008 - October 2008
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas, November
14, 2008- January 4, 2009 ON VIEW NOW
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester , NY, January 2009 - March 2009
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT, April 2009 - August 2009
Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, September 2009 - November 2009

View the exhibition by clicking HERE.

The Art Guys Silver Jubilee Tribute Album Concert celebrates
“Hear No Evil: The Art Guys Tribute Album”
with music, sound art, and audio experiments by

11th Street Cleaner, A Thousand Cranes, Bale Allen, Bukka Allen, Terry Allen, Glenna Bell, The Dark Bob, James Dean Jay Byrd, Ralph Carney, Brave Combo, Dave Dove/Lucas, Gorham, Joe Ely, Jad Fair, Figsta, Eric Gibbons, Art Gottschalk, JW, Kanude, Pauline Knox, Loreta Kovacic, Ken Little, James Magee/Douglas Cohen, Joe Mancuso, Peter Massing, Stephen Montague, Deborah Moore, Neu Tickles, Nonsense Music Band, Teresa O’Connor, Pauline Oliveros, O-Type, Dax Pierson, Jimmy Pizzitola, William Rhule, Jim Roche, Don Sanders, Rockmore, Rob Smith, Sonny Smith, Two Star Symphony, Johnnie “Red” Trower, We Go To 11, Steve Wellman, Dan Workman

“Hear No Evil” is scheduled for online release December, 2008.

The Art Guys play curator for

Jim Pirtle


See the review and images of the show on Glasstire

The Art Guys make a mess in


Read about it here in Creative Loafing

The Art Guys draw conclusions in

Drawing in Space

Curated by J Hill
Work by John Adelman, Daniel Adame, Annette Lawrence, The Art Guys & Cory Wagner
May 9 – June 14, 2008

Read the review from the HOUSTON PRESS

Future Music [In Three Movements] Second Movement

The Art Guys have sticky fingers in

LIFTING – theft in art

Ulay, film still from There is a Criminal Touch to Art, 1976 (photographer anonymous). Image courtesy of the artist.

The Art Guys exhibit in “Lifting,” an exhibition that “concerns artists who have used theft as an active part of their practice.”

April 12-May 31, 2008

Curated by Atopia Projects. For more information, contact Ronald Watson at or 817-257-7643.

Read the review in

"Forever Yours"

The Art Guys Sell Themselves!
In what could be their most ambitious, outrageous project to date,
The Art Guys offered to sell their cremated remains to the highest bidder!


"Forever Yours" fails to sell.

"Death, art and money: Forever Yours wraps those subjects in a package even more shocking than Damien Hirst's [art]." - Houston Chronicle
The Art Guys are "taking their outrageous and provocative art to a new extreme." - Austin American Statesman

The Art Guys present:
The Art Guys Lie in State
A Lunchtime Concert

The Rotunda, City Hall, Houston

For one hour, between noon and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, The Art Guys lay in state in the Rotunda of City Hall in Houston, Texas.   This event coincided with The Art Guys project “Forever Yours” which concluded on the same day.

“The Art Guys Lie in State” is an official Art Guys Silver Jubilee event.
Special thanks to
Todd Holloman, Administrative Coordinator, Mayor's Office of Special Events
Emily Todd, Mayor’s Assistant for Cultural Affairs

The Art Guys are dead serious in
"Death Becomes Us"

new works by The Art Guys
featuring the countdown on the final bidding of

Opened Tuesday, April 1, 2008
The Art Guys World Headquarters

Below: highlights from "Death Becomes Us"

The Art Guys scan their surroundings in
“A Few Images in a Restaurant”

at The Raven Grill as a part of Fotofest 2008

The Art Guys do their civic duty by promoting Houston and the new Discovery Green park.
Watch the videos to find out more...

"This is my Houston"
promotional ads by ZenFilm

The Art Guys perform
"Horn Concerto" by Stephen Montague
April 13, 2008 at Discovery Green.

The Art Guys are have been selected by a prestigious panel of judges as the 2008 inaugural “Star of Design” in the field of Art as presented by the Decorative Center of Houston.  Decorative Center Houston, along with the selected judges will honor the inaugural 2008 Stars of Design winners at DCH Spring Market: Wide Open Spaces . A special ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 6, from 5:00- 7:00 PM in Decorative Center Houston’s Ground Floor Gallery, with a reception immediately following. For complete 2008 DCH Spring Market programs and events please contact me at 713.961.9292 ext. 1320.

The Art Guys receive the "Only in Houston" award
presented by AAF (American Advertising Federation) on February 9, 2008
at the Hyatt Regency Houston. For more information, click here.

Mayor Bill White proclaims February 9, 2008 as Official Art Guys Day in Houston

The Art Guys included in new book "art & laughter"!

The Art Guys are featured in “Art & Laughter,” a new book book by Sheri Klein, Professor of Art Education at The University of Wisconsin-Stout.  “The Art Guys are funny and they know they are funny.” - Sheri Klein.  Published by I.B. Tauris, London/New York.    Also featuring the work of William Wegman, Jeff Koons, Red Grooms, Tom Friedman, Pat Olezko and many more. Go HERE to find out how to purchase "art & laughter."


Lawndale Art Center On Thursday, December 11, 2008, at Lawndale Art Center, The Art Guys hosted a "Pass the Hat" fundraiser to help with Hurricane Ike Relief for the Galveston Arts Center. More than $10,000 was successfully raised! Thank you for your kind donations! However, more funds are desperately needed. Please contact The Galveston Arts Center and consider further support. Any amount, no matter how small, helps. Thank you!

"Galveston Arts Center Suffers Significant Damage from Hurricane Ike"

Gary Sweeney
Words of Wisdom?

The Art Guys Situation Room
November 15, 2008

Please click on the images below to see highlights from the show.

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above photo by Pam Francis

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