April 26, 2012ART OPENING AND RODEO
Curated by Gregory de la Haba
Orchard Windows Gallery, NYC
Come throw a few back with the infamous Cowboy Ray Kelly, sculptor and art maverick, man about town and Lower East Side original. As a young man he was Motherwell's favorite bartender. As a young artist he was Rothko's painting assistant for three years during the building of the Rothko Chapel in Houston. As a young man he founded the Rivington School and No Se No social club/art gallery on NY's Lower East Side where everyone from Debbie Harry to Keith Haring stopped in for the one dollar beers and when, in the 1980's, he turned empty, needle infested, lots into welcoming sculpture gardens for all to enjoy. He is a living legend, one who helped transform our great city into the art center that it is, especially on the LES when no one, no one, except crazy, broke, artists wanted to be there. I'll personally be making a specialty cocktail called the COWBOY for this opening on May 1. It'll have a kick like a crazy bronco. Come drink with the past as we celebrate the present in the new work of Cowboy Ray Kelly and toast all our futures. Cheers!