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Updated on December 1, 2013

The Art Guys Agree On Painting, Again, This Time From Thirty Feet Up
event #12 of "12 Events"

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. sharp (studio open at 2:00, reception immediately following until 5:00)
Location: The Art Guys World Headquarters, 5757 Knox Street, Houston, Texas

Description: The Art Guys Agree On Painting, Again, This Time From Thirty Feet Up is an anti-elaborate psuedo-recreation of the very first Art Guys piece wherein Jack and Mike stuck their hands in buckets of paint, shook hands over a piece of paper, and declared themselves "The Art Guys." In The Art Guys Agree On Painting, Again, This Time From Thirty Feet Up, The Art Guys will dip their hands in buckets of paint and shake hands while 30 feet above the ground.   A painting will be created by this event.

Audiences may follow The Art Guys live during this event on FaceBook and Twitter ( @TheArtGuys)

event #10 of "12 Events"

Time: 5:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (24 hours)
Date: Saturday, November 9 through Sunday, November 10, 2013
Location: Interstate 610 Loop, Houston, Texas, beginning and ending at I-610 (North Loop West) at North Shepherd Drive

Description: The Art Guys will use a van or bus, utilize drivers, and drive the I-610 loop around Houston for 24 hours - 12 hours in one direction, then 12 hours in the opposite direction.   While in transit, The Art Guys will make themselves available to all media to share the experience with as wide an audience as possible.

The Art Guys activated a cell phone with a dedicated number during the event so audiences could speak with The Art Guys. Audiences used Glympse on their smart phones, tablets, and computers to track The Art Guys' in real time.

"Loop" is sponsored by Memorial City

Audiences may follow The Art Guys live during this event on FaceBook and Twitter ( @TheArtGuys)

There Ought To Be A Law
event #10 of "12 Events"

Time: 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Location: City Council Chamber, Second Floor, 901 Bagby, Houston, Texas

Description: - The Art Guys suggested new laws that they think should be passed in Houston by making a presentation to the City Council of Houston.

Audiences followed The Art Guys live during this event on FaceBook and Twitter ( @TheArtGuys)

The Art Guys are keynote speakers at the upcoming Texas Association of Schools of Art Conference

Saturday, October 12, 2013
1:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Theater, Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Lone Star College, Kingwood, Texas
Conference Schedule (PDF)

30 Years with The Art Guys - moderated by Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center
Houston Fine Arts Fair

Sunday, September 22, 3-4pm
presented by the Houston Arts Alliance

Event #9 of "12 Events"

Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Location: the intersection of Westheimer and Hillcroft, Houston, Texas

Description: The Art Guys will repetitively traverse the busiest street intersection in Houston, first in one direction for four hours (clockwise), then in the other direction for four hours (counter clockwise).

The Art Guys Art Fair

"Texas' most unique art fair!"
Saturday, September 14, 2013
1:00 until 7:00 p.m.
The Art Guys Convention Center
The Art Guys Art Fair, now in its thirtieth year, features contemporary work from the most innovative, progressive and driven artists in the world. The Art Guys Art Fair aspires to reflect Houston’s sophisticated and diverse collecting practices, where art enthusiasts will encounter a cross-section of works in all media – from past to present. The Art Guys Art Fair exclusively features the work of modern and contemporary masters, The Art Guys. The Art Guys Art Fair is designed for both novice and experienced collectors.

Complete list of works in The Art Guys Art Fair

You are cordially invited to join The Art Guys as they bartend for their friend Tom Marioni in
The Act of Drinking Beer With Friends Is The Highest Form Of Art

Friday, September 6, 6:00-9:00pm
for the exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art at

You are cordially invited to

Opens Friday, September 6, 7:00-9:00pm
The Eleventh Hour explores some of the various genealogies that have shaped DiverseWorks’ evolution. The show features key works from notable exhibitions and video documentation of important performances. The Eleventh Hour also includes audio recordings, photographs, documents, and other ephemera.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
event #8 of "12 Events"

Date: Friday, August 16, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Location: the sidewalks around City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston, Texas [ directions ]

Description: - The Art Guys walk the sidewalks around City Hall in downtown Houston while wearing portable fences around themselves.

A new film by Otis Ike features The Art Guys' event "The Longest Street In Houston"
at the ArCH Film Festival

Thursday, August 12, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Architecture Center Houston
315 Capitol, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77002
713-520- 0155

The Art Guys deliver the keynote address to the Texas Lyceum in Marfa
Friday, August 9, 2013
Program (PDF)
More information

The Art Guys teamed up with Uchi to lead a Motivational Retreat for Blaffer's Feast Series

Never Not Funny

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m. until midnight
Location: notsuoH, 314 Main Street, Houston, Texas [ MAP ]

Description: - The Art Guys tell jokes for 8 hours.

Audiences may followed The Art Guys live during this event on FaceBook and Twitter ( @TheArtGuys)

The Art Guys are featured in Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, a new book by Sharon Louden

Shake Hands With The Art Guys

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Time: 7:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
Location: downtown Houston tunnel system under the Esperson Building, 808 Travis Street, Houston, Texas [MAP]

Description: - The Art Guys make themselves available to anyone who wishes to shake their hands. Shake Hands With The Art Guys is presented throughout the day for eight hours in a public, pedestrian location so that anyone may participate. Shake Hands With The Art Guys is presented on National Handshake Day.

The Art Guys wish to thank Jano Nixon Kelley of Cameron Management for her assistance with this project.
Audiences may follow The Art Guys live during this event on FaceBook or Twitter ( @TheArtGuys)

It's Wrong to have a
Great Video In An Ugly Room

but... It's a winning combination to have
Great Art In An Ugly Room

Tour "The Statue of Four Lies" in 3D from the comfort of your virtual device!
"The Statue of Four Lies" is featured on UH Moment: Public Art Collection and
by the University of Houston Libraries

The Art Guys unwind, and then rewind, A Length of String
as part of "12 Events"

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. CST until complete
Location: TBD

Description: - In 1983, The Art Guys bought a spool a string thinking that this string would be useful for many applications and projects.   Since that time, this spool of string has remained virtually unused.   Beginning at 9:00 a.m. (date and location to be announced), The Art Guys will unravel this spool of string by walking. After the spool of string has been completely unwound, The Art Guys will reverse their tracks and rewind the string back onto its spool.

Audiences followed The Art Guys live during this event on FaceBook or Twitter ( @TheArtGuys)

The"zesty wedge of Houston's history" of The Art Guys, John Alexander and Gertrude Barnstone serve as
Grand Marshalls for 2013 Art Car Parade

The Special Collections of the Libraries of the University of Houston acquires The Art Guys's Records

The Art Guys Papers at the University of Houston Library Special Collections

The Art Guys conduct the sounds of the Ship Channel in
Symphony No. 1 For The Ship Channel
as part of "12 Events"

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Houston Ship Channel at the Santa Anna Capture Site, Pasadena, Texas

Description:  From 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Santa Anna Capture Site on the banks of the Houston Ship Channel,
The Art Guys conduct the sounds of the Houston Ship Channel.

The Art Guys mark the Cardinal Points of Houston
as part of "12 Events"

Date: Friday, March 22, 2013
Time: beginning at 9:00 a.m. until complete
Location: the extreme north, south, east and west street locations of Houston, Texas

Description: The Art Guys select something gathered from the cardinal points of Houston (the extreme north, south, east, west street locations)
and displace this material around in a counter clockwise fashion.

The Art Guys walk The Longest Street In Houston
as part of "12 Events"

Time: beginning at 7:00 a.m. until completed
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Location: Little York Road, Houston, Texas

Description: - Beginning at the farthest east end of Little York Road at Mesa Drive in Houston and proceeding west past Fry Road,
The Art Guys walked the entire length of Little York Road, the longest street in Houston.* The Art Guys completed their walk at 4:00 p.m.
*The Art Guys concluded their walk where Little York Road ends a few blocks west of Fry Road just past Hemmenway Elementary School at 20400 West Little York Road in Katy, Texas. The distance is approximately 29.6 miles.

Click here for photos by Everett Taasevigen and Patrick Bresnan.

The Art Guys install the "Suitcase Wheel" in San Antonio International Airport
Sponsored by PASA (Public Art San Antonio)
press release

The "Suitcase Wheel" was first exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in 1995.
This is the first public display of this work since it was last shown at the Tacoma Art Museum in 1999.

The Art Guys wish to thank the following for their help in realizing this project:
PASA (Public Art San Antonio), San Antonio International Airport, TY Art,
Gary Sweeney, Everett Taasevigen, Tommy Gregory, Marissa Laubscher (PASA), Justice Edge (JQ Engineering)
and especially Jimmy LeFlore (Public Art Manager, PASA) for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of this project

The Art Guys
are featured on
Houston PBS Channel 8

Arts Insight

Thursday, January 31, 2013
7:00 pm
(program will be re-broadcast Friday, February 1 at 9:30 pm and Sunday, February 3 at 2:30 pm)

The Art Guys on Arts InSight (YouTube)

Signing Ceremony

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
11:00 am until 7:00 pm
Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC)
Julia Ideson Building
Houston Public Library
500 McKinney
Houston, Texas 77002

Houston Public Library Events

The Art Guys spent 8 hours signing their name in a public signing ceremony.  A drawing was produced by this event using 101 ceremonial pencils.
"Signing Ceremony" was presented in collaboration with the Houston Public Library.
"Signing Ceremony" was presented on National Handwriting Day.

The Art Guys announce plans for 2013:
a year long celebration of events, situations, circumstances and disturbances
in celebration of 30 years of collaboration by The Art Guys

30 years of collaboration, commitment, confustion

The Art Guys in the news 2013

December 2013
2013: The Year in Texas Art - Glasstire
What’s in a Handshake? The Art Guys Agree On Painting, Again - Joshua Fischer, Glasstire
The Art Guys Agree On Painting, Again, This Time From Thirty Feet Up - Troy Schulze, KUHF 91.7 FM
The Art Guys to Hold 30-Year Recommitment Ceremony (to Each Other) - Glasstire

Novermber 2013
Understanding Houston is going in circles - Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle
Road to nowhere: Art Guys circle 610 Loop for 24 hours to get a fresh look at H-Town - Tyler Rudick, CultureMap
No Particular Place to Go - Robert Boyd, The Great God Pan Is Dead

Here's What the Art Guys Should Do Next - Houstonia Magazine
The Art Guys, 12 Events - Tom Moody
Those introspective Art Guys - Roadside America
How To Travel More Than 35 Times Around Houston’s Inner Loop In Style, This Weekend - Swamplot
The Art Guys + “Loop” - UH Libraries News
Art a la Carte: The Art Guys take to the ‘Loop’ this weekend - The Leader

October 2013
Crazy new laws for Houston? Ban on dogs playing cards among measures pushed by a persistent pair - CultureMap
Local “Art Guys” propose wacky laws to City Council - Houston Tomorrow

September 2013
The Art Guys discuss "Intersection" with KUHF's Troy Schulze on The Front Row, KUHA 91.7 FM
Houston's Art Guys traverse a concrete canvas - Houston Chronicle
The Art Guys cross Houston's busiest intersection . . . for eight straight hours - CultureMap

Where the Art Guys Shall Dare To Tread - Swamplot
An afternoon with The Art Guys - University of Houston Libraries
Six Must-Attend Events: Sept. 13-20 - New York Times/Texas Monthly

August 2013
The Work of Art in the Age of Home Depot - The Great God Pan Is Dead
The Art Guys, Private Fencing, And City Hall - Swamplot
The Backyard Playhouse Only The Art Guys Could Ask For - Swamplot
Performance Art is Back In! (Events for Those Who Need a Primer) - Glasstire
Navigation Boulevard esplanade gets an artist-approved makeover as East End revitalization continues - CultureMap
Arting Around on Navigation Blvd. - Swamplot
Art about to go in at Navigation Boulevard esplanade - Houston Chronicle
A Good Yarn: Artists’ Tapestries Are Popping Up in Museums, but They’re Not Yet Woven Into the Market - Gallerist

July 2013
Troy Schulze of The Front Row speaks with The Art Guys about "12 Events" - The Front Row, KUHA 91.7 FM
Not Your Ordinary Fundraising Dinner - Tag Sale Tastes
Never Not Funny - Houston Matters, KUHF 88.7 FM
The Day the Plastic Clown Died - The Great God Pan Is Dead
The Statue of Four Lies (Spoiler Alert!) - University of Houston Libraries

June 2013
UH Moment: Public Art Collection - KUHF
Celebrating National Handshake Day with the Art Guys - Houston Press
Shake Hands with The Art Guys This Thursday for Art - Houston Press
Shake Hands With The Art Guys - Voice Places

May, 2013
University of Houston puts art in its place: on campus - Houston Chronicle
Art Guys to start unraveling - Swamplot
Art Guys to unravel, then reassemble a spool of string - Houston Chronicle

April, 2013
Special Collections Acquires The Art Guys Records - University of Houston Libraries Blogs
Art Guys working with Ship Channel next 'event' - Swamplot

March, 2013
The Art Guys vs. Little York: The Longest Street in Houston - Otis Ike, Glasstire
The Art Guys walk the longest street in Houston & they have the Twitpics to prove it - Tyler Rudick, CultureMap
Walking Little York with the Art Guys - Swamplot
What it means to walk with The Art Guys - Swamplot
Controversial Tree Removed from Menil’s Permanent Collection as Supreme Court Mulls Gay Marriage - Glasstire
The Tree That’s “Not About Gay Marriage” Gets Removed - Art Fag City
A zesty wedge of Houston's history: And the 2013 Art Car Parade grand marshals are . . . - CultureMap

February, 2013
The Art Guys’ big wheel at SA Intn’l Airport - San Antonio Current
Art Guys sculpture installed at airport - My San Antonio
Art Guys Dust Off Suitcase Wheel for San Antonio Airport - Glasstire
San Antonio International Airport to exhibit giant suitcase sculpture - San Antonio Business Journal
The story of one of the best performances of the last ten years in America and the critic who put it on the map - Miami Bourbaki

January, 2013
The Art Guys - Arts Insight, Houston PBS Channel 8
2013 will be the year of The Art Guys - Glasstire
A Tree Grows In Menil Park by Robert Boyd, The Great God Pan Is Dead
On Institutional Cowardice: The Menil Collection - Rainey Knudson, Glasstire
Menil, Surls Comment on Art Guys Marry A Plant Removal - Bill Davenport, Glasstire
Art world shocker: Art Guys confirm Menil Collection plans to remove controversial tree project - Tyler Rudick, CultureMap
The Menil Divorces the Art Guys - Mimi Swartz, Texas Monthly
'The Art Guys Marry A Plant' Removed From Menil Collection Under Mysterious Circumstances - Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post
Update: Menil Says the Art Guys Tree Was Moved to Save It & It is Still Part of Its Collection - Meredith Deliso, Houston Press
Divorce, Art Style - Elaine Wolff, Plaza de Armas
The Menil's PTSD - Robert Boyd, The Great God Pan Is Dead
Art Guys look ahead to "12 Events" - Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle
Eight hours to sign your name? The Art Guys test the limits of a signature craze - Tyler Rudick, CultureMap
When two guys married a tree - Peter Simek, Salon
How Not to Handle an Art Controversy - Bob Duggan, Big Think

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