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1980s Art Scene Makes a Comeback This Weekend at 169 Bowery

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Simon Cerigo and Nancy Smith with their children, Kate and Theo, outside 5 Irvington St. in 1988. Photo: Scottie Harrison NYC.
Simon Cerigo and Nancy Smith with their children, Kate and Theo, outside 5 Rivington St. in 1988. Photo: Scottie Harrison NYC.

Earlier this morning, we mentioned the closing of Vito Schnabel’s art show at 190 Bowery. But there’s another interesting exhibition popping up this weekend just a few doors away. Yesterday, we heard from Kate and Theo Cerigo, who let us know about the two-day show, “Under the Volcano,” featuring the work of Simon Cerigo and Nancy Smith, their parents.

Cerigo, a well-known art dealer and curator, died in 2013 at the age of 60. As Kate and Theo note, the show is inspired by growing up on the Lower East Side in the 198os and 1990s. Unlike Vito Schnabel’s exhibition, however, it will be open to the public and you won’t be stopped at the door by a burly security guard. Here’s what the Observer wrote about Simon Cerigo at the time of his death:

Mr. Cerigo was always on the outskirts of the mainstream, but he had an intimate knowledge of the art world. He was an early collector of a number of artists, including Jack Goldstein, Mariko Mori, Dan Asher and Walter Robinson, and worked at some point as a de facto adviser for many far more prominent collectors. He had a reputation for attending most openings in a given week, sometimes as many as 15 or 20 in a night.

The exhibition will also include works by Dan Asher. It will be held Saturday and Sunday at 169 Bowery. See more info below.


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