books, press, articles, interviews

"The Art Guys are conceptual artists of the highest order." - New York Times, 2013
"The Art Guys are exemplary figures of the idiot loser class. The Art Guys make me sick." - Houston Press, 1995

selected book and publications
The Art Guys: Think Twice

This is the definitive tome on The Art Guys early work. "The Art Guys: Think Twice" was published in conjunction with their overview exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston in 1995 which set attendance records. Included are essays by curator Lynn Herbert, MacArthur Fellow Dave Hickey, Prix de Rome writer David Levi Strauss, and famed curator Walter Hopps.


SUITS: The Clothes Make The Man

The Art Guys explore the connection between fashion, art, and commerce in this landmark conceptual piece. The two Houston-based artists spent a year crisscrossing the country wearing suits by designer Todd Oldham on which they had sold advertising space to 56 American companies. Suits captures-through photographs, essays, and an interview with The Art Guys-the story of their often hilarious experiences in their guise as human billboards. Includes essays by Dave Hickey, Shaila Dewan and a discussion between The Art Guys and Todd Oldham.

available through Amazon


The Art Guys: Cloud Cuckoo Land
Selections from 25 Years of Drawings, Proposals, Pipe Dreams and Failed Schemes

Published by the Galveston Arts Center in 2007 in conjunction with the exhibition of the same title, this catalog offers a side of The Art Guys rarely seen with many works exhibited for the first time. Includes an introductory essay by Lynn Herbert, Adjunct Curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.

SOLD OUT - no longer available


The Art Guys: Home On The Range
Two DVD box set
produced and distrubuted by Microcinema International

Best known for their numerous staged performances and public spectacles, The Art Guys have presented their work in grocery stores, movie theaters, airports, restaurants, sports arenas, and other non-traditional venues for experiencing art while also exploiting mass media and entertainment to explore contemporary society and issues.

The Art Guys: Home on the Range is the new two-DVD box set anthology of their work from 1983 through 2008 produced by Microcinema International. The set includes live stage performances, conceptual events in public, video works, and the ZenFilm documentary, Nothing To It: The Art Guys in Concert.



art & laughter

"This is the first book to take seriously (though not too seriously) the surprisingly neglected role of humour in art. Art and Laughter looks back to comic masters such as Hogarth and Daumier and to Dada, Surrealism and Pop Art, asking what makes us laugh and why, and exploring the use of comedy in art from satire and irony to pun, parody and black and bawdy humor. Encouraging laughter in the hallowed space of the gallery, Klein takes us on a tour of the comic work of Red Grooms, Cary Leibowitz, William Wegman, The Chigaco Hairy Who, Richard Prince, Bruce Nauman, Jeff Koons, William Wegman, Vik Muniz and many more. [Sherrie Klein] looks too at the smile in art and at the cute, the camp and the downright kitsch." - art & laughter

Available through Amazon


Lifting: Theft In Art

Lifting is a publication and a travelling exhibition of work from the 1970s onwards by artists who have—or claim to have—crossed a legal or moral line and committed theft in the name of art. Their motivations are diverse, from the frivolously mischievous to the critique of cultural structures.
Borrowing and appropriation have long since had a presence within the creative process. However, the artists within this exhibition have deliberately made the act of theft a fundamental part of the process. The resulting work tests the boundaries of what is morally and ethically acceptable within society, and engages with the ways in which legal and cultural significance are attributed to property.

Artists in the exhibition include The Art Guys,Kelly Baum, Miguel Calderon and osua Okon, David M Meurer and Rosemary J. Coombe, Tom Friedman, Kenneth Goldsmith, Dan Griffiths, Paul Groot, Jeff Ferrell, Mark Jefrey, Janice Kerbel, Micah Lexier, Luis o Miguel, Ann Messner, Ivan Moudov, Scott Myles, Dennis Oppenheim, Joel Ross, Jon Routson, Savage, Rhys Southan, Diana Stigter, Ulay, Timm Ulrichs, Frazier Ward and Allison Wiese.

Available through Atopia Projects.


Two guys walk into a hardware store...

catalog for the re-opening of the Art Guys' World Headquarters, 2007

Essays by Toby Kamps, The Art Guys, Bernard Brunon.

Available through The Art Guys or download the PDF here.


selected articles, reviews, essays

At Work With: The Art Guys; In Performance: Life Imitates Art Imitating Life, Sam Howe Verhovek, The New York Times, August 9, 1995 [article]
Visualize the Art Guys, Dana Self, Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, October, 1996 [essay]
An Interview With An Art Guy, Frances Colpitt, published in conjunction with the exhibit "The Art Guys: Goods And Services", Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas, April 5-May 19, 1996 [essay]
Why a Duck?: What You Didn't See at AMOA's Art Guys Exhibition, Lindsey Lane, Austin Chronicle, January 31, 1997
DO NOT OPEN, Shaila Dewan, published in conjunction with the exhibit "The Art Guys: Hunting And Gathering", Halsey Gallery, College Of Charleston, Charleston, SC, May 22-June 8, 1997 [essay]
Art Guys open eyes with unusual display, Nicholas Drake, Post and Courier, June, 1997 [review]
Absolutely for Sale, Shaila Dewan, Houston Press, March 19, 1998 [article]
Final coat finishes billboard artwork, Greg Hassell, Houston Chronicle, March 16, 1999 [article]
The Art Guys' guise: For their latest project, Houston's gonzo performance artists turn suits into a piece of work, Robert Philpot, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, 1998 [article]
Repetition Gives The Art Guys a Big Score, Regina Hackett, Seattle Post Intellingencer, 1999 [review]
The Art Guys at Cornell DeWitt, Edward Leffingwell, Art in America, January, 2004 [review]
Working in the World: A Conversation with The Art Guys , Christopher French, Sculpture Magazine, 2005 [article]
Grubby Grub: The Art Guys make work from real food and things get rank , Kelly Klaasmeyer, Houston Press, 2005 [review]
The Art Guys: Food for Thought, Robb Walsh, Art League Houston, 2006 [essay]
The Art Guys : To the outer loop and beyond, Kelly Klaasmeyer, ArtLies, 2006 [article]
The Art Guys: Cloud Cuckoo Land, Lynn M. Herbert, Adjunct Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, September, 2007 [essay]
The Art Guys, "Cloud Cuckoo Land", The Art Guys share 25 years of "drawings, proposals, failed schemes and pipe dreams", Troy Schulze, Houston Press, September 27, 2007 [review]
The Art Guys attempt to sell themselves, Lisa Gray, Houston Chronicle, January 27, 2008 [article]
The Art Guys: The Appropriations Project, 1991-1994, interview essay for the catalog "Lifting: Theft In Art," from the exhibtion of the same title, Atopia Projects, 2008
The Art Guys Are Immortalized in a Bizarre Ceremony, Troy Schulze, Houston Press, September 23, 2010 [article]
Whipped cream, UH cheerleaders and bronze: The Art Guys revel in "The Statue of Four Lies", Steven Thomson, culturemap, September 27, 2010 [article]
The Art Guys in conversation with Lawrence Weschler, Believer Magazine, October, 2012


selected audio/video interviews

The Art Guys discuss their work with Bob Stevenson of KUHF 88.7 Houston Public Radio. First aired on May 1, 2008.
The Art Guys discuss their video and performance work and their DVD "Home On The Range" with Eric Ladau of KUHF 88.7 Houston Public Radio. First aired on August 10, 2009.
UH Moment: "The Statue of Four Lies", The Art Guys in conversation with Michelle Reed of KUHF 88.7 Houston Public Radio. First aired on October 6, 2010.
"The Statue of Four Lies" with Shannon Runyon of KIAH 39 News (YouTube version). First aired on October 10, 2010.
The Art Guys: Houston's Dadas, produced by Zenfilm for Houston's Voice
The Art Guys, produced by Houston PBS Channel 8 for Arts Insight (YouTube Version)

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