How do artists navigate art fairs, galleries, and selling their work? In this film, artist Kalup Linzy takes the viewer on a tour of The Armory Show at New York’s Piers 92/94 on the Hudson River, reflecting on his career while meeting friends, gallerists, and curators. Among the people he bumps into are Thelma Golden, Director of The Studio Museum in Harlem, where Linzy had his first survey exhibition "If it Don’t Fit" (2009). He later greets dealers George Vamvakidis of the Breeder Gallery in Athens, Greece, in whose booth Linzy is exhibiting new paintings, and Jeanie Riddle of Parisian Laundry in Montreal, Canada, who first saw Linzy’s work at a previous Armory Show. Linzy also discusses how he began to show with the (now closed) New York gallery Taxter & Spengemann . Despite ongoing relationships with multiple galleries, glowing reviews in the The New York Times, and an "art star" moniker, Linzy trains his focus on his artistic process while struggling to making a living, supporting himself through a combination of artwork sales, commissions, performance fees, lectures, grants, residencies, and awards. Featuring excerpts from the videos "Conversations Wit De Churen 5: As da Art World Might Turn" (2006), "Lollypop" (2006), "Sampled & LeftOva" (2009), "Fuck U" (2009), and a performance of the song "Asshole" at MoMA PS1 (2006).
Kalup Linzy (b. 1977, Clermont, Florida, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
CREDITS | New York Close Up Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Editor: Brad Kimbrough. Cinematography: Don Edler & Amanda Long. Sound: Nicholas Lindner. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Production Assistant: Paulina V. Ahlstrom, Don Edler, Amanda Long & Maren Miller. Design: Crux Studio & Open. Artwork: Kalup Linzy. Thanks: The Armory Show, Matthew Dipple, Thelma Golden, Paul Morris, Lauren Pearson, Jeanie Riddle & George Vamvakidis. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved.
New York Close Up is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Toby Devan Lewis, the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. Additional support provided by The 1896 Studios & Stages.