Under the Volcano: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith—1980s Lower East Side Painters

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Congratulations to Kate and Theo Cerigo for a fantastic weekend exhibition of their amazing Dad’s (Simon Cerigo who died suddenly in 2013) work, the late Dan Asher, and their mom Nancy Smith. The worked looked great in a huge future boutique space on Bowery.

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Simon Cerigo at Carrol Dunham opening at Gladstone Gallery, December 2012-Courtesy Nancy Smith/artloversnewyork.com

The pop up painting exhibition was a commemoration of the 1980s downtown art scene and creativity.

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Dirty White Painting, Simon Cerigo. Courtesy Sylvie Ball/sylviestock.com

Cerigo, Asher, Smith… three friends from the NYC 1980s art scene. Dan Asher, a well-known artist, and Simon Cerigo artist, gallery owner, and dealer have both passed away.

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Courtesy Sylvie Ball/sylviestock.com

Charlie Finch gave Cerigo’s eulogy at the Chinese Lutheran Church. Back in the day Finch was the (perhaps only) critic who could grasp the depths of Cerigo’s doings, and the scene in which he partook and equally contributed to.

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Simon Cerigo

Long before they became known to the rest of us, Cerigo had befriended both Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Simon was a knowledgeable dealer, who many early collectors turned to.

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Untitled, Dan Asher

He was a tour de force in the 1980s art world, often making it to 10 or more openings in a single evening. He was loved by many, admired, respected—a brilliant light for art. And thanks to his two brilliant children Kate, and Theo, his historical role will be known by future generations.

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Under the Volcano: Untitled, Dan Asher. Courtesy Sylvie Ball/sylviestock.com

The cultural stew of the 1970s and 80s in New York City produced truly remarkable artists. Dan Asher’s work spanned mediums and thankfully we know will also span decades to come.

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Flower Study, Nancy Smith. Courtesy Sylvie Ball/sylviestock.com

The Cerigo kids get an A+, don’t you think?! Bravo for keeping your Dad’s and Asher’s legacies alive, and exposing Nancy’s work to a fantastic crowd of art goers!

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Kaide, 1987 Simon Cerigo

These clips focus on Simon Cerigo, produced by writer and critic Douglas Turner (The Architecture of Tomorrow douglas-turner.com) and narrated by one of NYC’s more notorious art critics and journalists Charlie Finch. Very rough cuts, however, in Simon’s memory we wanted to share a few clips today.

Charlie Finch Tour of Under the Volcano: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith; a pop up 1980s paintings exhibition—Raw Footage from Architecture of Tomorrow on Vimeo.

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