Stephen Kroninger
September 2011
Panter & Katchor Events

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to announce an exhibition of twenty paintings by Gary Panter. Widely recognized as one of the most significant and influential graphic artists of the last thirty years, Panter’s “punk nuclear hillbilly” aesthetic has helped define a post-psychedelic graphic style.

In many ways Gary Panter is the black sheep of a family whose patriarch is Sigmar Polke and whose favored sons and daughters lived an...d exhibited in New York in the early 1980’s. Panter, however, was based in Los Angeles and stayed true to his punk roots by paring down his work to the raw essentials and opening his painting practice to include illustration, set design, music, writing, and later on, light shows.

Less concerned with theories of production and the structure of meaning, Panter focuses on an overall cultural energy where non-sequential narratives are formed by the clash of expressionist abstraction and cartoon primitivism. These layered compositions display a prescience in a wide range of contemporary painting from Takashi Murakami and Lari Pittman to Andre Butzer and Jonathan Meese.

Mike Kelley writes: “Gary Panter is a godhead…I find it hard to believe that Mr. Basquiat’s word clusters and broken-line approach did not borrow heavily from the genius of Gary Panter.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday; 10am to 6 pm. For more information on Gary Panter or other gallery artists contact us by phone at (212) 633-6555 or Fax at (212) 633-7372 or visit us at

 Set in The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street and in the environs of Times Square circa 1970, Up From the Stacks is the story of Lincoln Cabinée, a college student working part-time as a page, retrieving books for readers from the Library’s collection of 43 million items. This routine evening job inadvertently thrusts young Cabinée into the treacherous crossroads of scholarly obsession and the businesses of amusement and vice that then flourished in the 42nd Street area. The intellectual life of the city and the happiness of a young man hang in the balance.
Co-commissioned by the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Target Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium.
Four performances:
Monday, October 3, 2011 at 6pm at The New York Public LIbrary for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, Bruno Walter Auditorium

Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5, 2011 both at 7pm at The New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) South Court Auditorium
Register here for free seats:

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 8:30 at The David Rubinstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Broadway at 62nd St.)

All performances are free.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 7pm, free.
Readings by Ben Katchor and Michael Kupperman
Book Court, 163 Court St., bet. Dean and Pacific Sts. (718-875-3677)

Sauturday, October 15, 2011
Twin Cities Book Festival
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Reading from The Cardboard Valise

Wisconsin Book Festival
October 19 - 23, 2011
Wisconsin Book Festival
Reading from The Cardboard Valise

Ernie Bushmiller Illos

 THE MILK AND HONEY ROUTE: A Handbook for Hobos by Dean Stiff (Nels Anderson) published in 1930 by The Vanguard Press.

Short Biography of Nels Anderson by Arthur J. Vidich
Nels Anderson's study, The Hobo: The Sociology of the Homeless Man, published as Vol. I of the Sociological Series of the University of Chicago in 1923, was based in part on his personal experience of the hobo world. Anderson, who arrived at the University in 1921, had some experience in hobo life, and his teachers were alert to encourage him to capitalize on his unique firsthand knowledge. They saw an obvious opportunity to connect one of the most characteristic urban districts, the hobo area, with a broader sociological interest in movement, isolation and disorganization.
Nels Anderson knew life in the bummery at first hand. He was a migratory worker in the frontier West for more than ten years, during which he lived in the world of the hobo, tramp, bum, gandy-dancer, skinner, bridge snake, jungle buzzard, panhandler, notch house and shanty queen. It was a world that he has neither idealized nor morally rejected, but has reported as an observer who understood that the hobo was an essential part of the frontier labor market; only later and not by Anderson has the frontier been romanticized. The authenticity and durability of his study rests much less on the interviewing he did in the Madison Street area of Chicago than on his earlier experiences in life.
During the 1920s worked in Chicago for the Home for the Incurables and the Juvenile Protective Association, participated in the Hobo College and was associated with the Municipal Lodging House. He took classes at New York University and received his Ph.D. in 1930 at the age of forty.
During the great economic depression of the 1930s he worked in Albany, New York for then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins: to organize a program for the homeless in Buffalo under the State Relief Administration. Later, during the depression, when Harry Hopkins became head of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration in Washington, Anderson went with him and was appointed Labor Relations Officer in that agency. SOURCE: THE MILK AND HONEY ROUTE (1930)Dean Stiff (Nels Anderson)

The M.D. sign in the Sunday Page above reads "J. LOPP."

Peace and Justice Calendar

 Once again I'm honored to have a piece of mine included in Amber Lotus's POSTERS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE calendars. I'm doubly pleased that my image was chosen for November since 2012 is an election year.
 This work was originally commissioned by Patrick JB Flynn and published in The Progressive magazine.

I got a call some weeks ago from Dan Schultz at Scholastic magazine with an idea I couldn't refuse. Not that I'd refuse Dan anyway. I've worked with him often over the years and it's always been a great pleasure. The article is about "school superintendents changing places and districts...constantly moving from one city to another." Dan suggested two concepts, a revolving door or a merry-go-round. I went with the merry-go-round because I thought it would be fun to make my approximation of the beautifully hand carved carousel horses I so loved as a kid. They were the closest thing we had to Michelangelo out in the sticks where I grew up. I spent many a day at Dorney Park and The Great Allentown Fair back in the 60s and 70s and working on this piece brought back wonderful memories of those times.

The Sketch.

pictured: Jack Dale, Andres Alonso, Manny Rivera, Ackerman and Cami Anderson
 The horses are all cut-outs. The figures were created digitally.

 The page from which the first horse was cut.

 After I sent in the initial pass (above) Dan offered some suggestions for changes (below). I was happiest about expanding the size lengthwise so that I could add a roof to the carousel. I thought it was missing that in the original piece and it certainly makes the go 'round more the merrier.
I wasn't sure about the back horse reading against the front horse so it was nice to have a second pair of eyes sort that out for me. The problem was that in my original conception the horses were running side by side. At some point I realized it would make more sense to reverse the back horse to complete the merry go round. Reversing the back horse caused it to blend in with the front horse. Thus Dan's note and the change.

 Two of the recordings I worked to in order to set the mood for this piece.
Coney Island In Stereo- The Thrilling Sounds Of The World's Greatest Amusement Park. (Vinyl lp 1957)
This post is dedicated to the memory of Wild Man Fischer (November 6, 1944 – June 16, 2011)

SOI RS Show in NY Post
From Saturday's print edition of the New York Post, an article about the current exhibit, Rolling Stone and the Art of the Record Review, at the Society of Illustrators by Gregory E. Miller. Below are screen shots which can currently be seen at the Post's website.

Eminem-Without Me

"It feels so empty without me." This is a piece I did for the Rolling Stone Record Review of The Eminem Show way back in 2002. It's currently on view as part of the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators exhibit Rolling Stone and the Art of the Record Review.  The show runs until October twenty-second and the opening is September ninth. See you all there.

I recall thoroughly enjoying creating this work. It took me back to third grade in 1966 when Batman was all the rage with us kids. Over that summer I didn't go anywhere without my shoebox filled with Topps Batman cards, many of them painted by the great Norman Saunders. In those pre-dvd and dv-r days I'm sure I spent more time obsessing over those cards than I did on the tv show itself.
The Eminem song and video are pure silliness which appealed to me as well. Both were a big hit. The Eminem Show went on to become the biggest selling cd of 2002. I don't believe he would have had the same success without me.
Thanks to the wonderful Gail Anderson at Rollng Stone for thinking of me for this piece. I'd also like to thank Anelle Miller, Kate Feirtag, Katie Blocher, Leslie Feilder, Johnny Dombrowski and all of the terrific staff and associates at the Society of Illustrators.

Rejection form letter, circa late seventies/early eighties.
Groucho Marx

 A private commission. So far I've done three collages of Groucho Marx in my life and all have been private commissions. Hooray Hooray Hooray. Did this one while listening to a three cd set entitled The Marx Brothers Sing & Play and having HORSE FEATHERS running silently on my computer screen. Groucho has had a great influence on my world view. I've been a fan since I was a kid.

God Bless the French!

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