Opium and Anarchy: Chris Kennedy’s majestic Artropolis, 2009

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Artropolis 2009: drugs, rampant alcoholism, starvation, and anarchy.

“What you fellows did here is more relevant than anything up on our floor…”

Thus spake one of the directors of Art Chicago, one of the world’s most impressive contemporary art fairs.

Although we were on the “traditional” art floor, we proved that what was old is… in this case, sadly… cutting-edge new again.  We put together a show that was all gallows humor and intoxicating escapism, and from the overwhelming reaction and camera flashes going off all weekend, Century Guild was a runaway hit; the Chicago Tribune mentioned us as one of the fifteen “must see” things in the show.

Sex.  Drugs.  Disease.  Starvation.  Anarchy.  These were the themes that we decided the night before setup at Artropolis would replace the beautiful Art Nouveau we had been planning to bring to the International Art Fair for months.  Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele made the cut: a saucy nude, lifting her breasts seemed right at home in the aforementioned company.  A gothic syphilis poster stared from across the wall at this young and healthy girl; it was a daring contrast.

The show was two weeks ago, but it’s 2:41 and I need to go to bed, so a quick recap: (please note that I grew a beard in an attempt to pass as an adult.)

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Sex: in health, (Gustav Klimt, in magnificent period frame)

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and sickness...

A charming 1897 tale about an Anarchist uprising resulting in the murders of the bourgeois rich in the forests of Paris.  We're currently trying to place this in the Human Resources department at AIG.

A charming tale about an Anarchist uprising resulting in the murders of the bourgeois rich in the forests of Paris. We're currently trying to place this in the Human Resources department at AIG.

Opium, 1919- this is one of the unbelievably rare silent film posters featured in our upcoming Nitrate and Kinogeists exhibition.

Opium, 1919- this is one of the unbelievably rare silent film posters featured in our upcoming Nitrate and Kinogeists exhibition.

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Art Nouveau treasures.

Gail Potocki shows her dark side...

Gail Potocki shows her dark side...

Jack was attacked by creeping baby-things; he survived, but not unscathed.

Jack was attacked by creeping baby-things; he survived, but not unscathed.

Jack and I posed in front of our cocaine-addled portraits.

Jack and Thomas, posed in front of their cocaine-addled portraits.

Thomas Negovan, Gail Potocki, and Stuart Tomc in front of 1909 anti-alcoholism poster.

Thomas Negovan, Gail Potocki, and Stuart Tomc in front of 1909 anti-alcoholism poster where 'even the baby had too much to drink at the party' according to five year old Sebastian Tomc.

Jack, Bob, and painters Gail Potocki and Brian Sindler at the end of a long show.

Jack, Bob, and painters Gail Potocki and Brian Sindler at the end of a long show.

Thomas Negovan and Stuart Tomc, Artropolis 2009.  We survived, preserving dandyism for another day.

Thomas Negovan and Stuart Tomc, Artropolis 2009. We survived, preserving dandyism for another day.

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One Response to “Opium and Anarchy: Chris Kennedy’s majestic Artropolis, 2009”

  1. Bill Paul Says:

    I should have hung around the booth in San Diego more often.

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