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Lemon Performance Booklets - Hand-colored slipcase, 2 hand-stitched booklets, edition of 65, signed & numbered

Performance for an Unknown Space With Lemons (16 pages, 5.5" X 4.25")

Performance for an Unknown Space With Lemons Documentation (8 pages, 5.5" X 4.25")

In 1979, I sent 16 pages of detailed performance instructions via the postal service to Paul Hartal, the founder of the Lyrical Conceptualist Society, in Montreal and Quebec, Canada. We had never met. The society performed the work in 1980 and sent photographic documentation to me. The space and all the players have remained unknown to me. The project was re-created in these two booklets in 2015. - Billy X.

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Lemon Performance Booklets

$50.00 plus shipping & handling

Billy X. Curmano Futurism's Bastard Son - The Book on Billy

DSCN2380_resized.jpg"Futurism's Bastard Son" documents several decades of eccentric work from somewhat traditional objects to conceptual plans and live art. It includes 3-days buried alive, a lengthwise Mississippi River swim as performance and environmental statement, 40-day Death Valley Desert Fast and performances for cows and other under-served audiences.
Published by Mark Pezinger Verlag – Vienna and first released in Kassel Germany, parallel to Documenta 13 followed by the Museum Of Modern Art, P.S. 1, New York in 2012.
It's quality over quantity with Munken Lynx paper and stitched thread binding. (Pages: 115 grams Cover: 300 grams) The story of an artist’s life as art in 128 letter size pages with 164 black and white images and French Flap Covers. The text is in English from multiple sources including Billy X. - Design: Astrid Seme.

The book: Futurism's Bastard Son

$35.00 plus shipping.

Collectors

There is also a collectors Edition of 50 copies.

E-mail billyx.net@gmail.com for more information and current pricing.

The Search - DVD

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A camera follows Billy X. through three life altering performance works in The Search for that indefinable quality that separates the masterpiece from everyday art.
During the Performance for the Dead, the artist was buried alive for 3 days. He followed up with a 2,367.4-mile Mississippi River swim from its source to the Gulf of Mexico as both performance and environmental statement. Swimming the Mississippi was awarded the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media. During Death Valley Desert Classic he abandoned the traditional storyboard and limited recording to just a singular moment from each 24 hours of a 40-day desert fast.
Bonuses include Earth Speaks (literally) and a cut from Threat Level 3's Orange Alert.

The Search DVD

$25.00 plus shipping.

Book & DVD Package

Buy both Futurism's Bastard Son and The Search DVD and save.

$50.00 plus shipping.

Collectors' Edition - The Book Plus

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The collectors editions are all handmade and subject to variations. The images here are for reference only as no two are exactly alike. The Collectors' Edition comes with a signed and numbered, hand stamped folder containing an artist altered signed and numbered world map representing the Mississippi River swim. The book and DVD are also included.

The Collectors' Edition

$175.00 plus shipping and handling


Official World Wide Rolling Nap T - Organic Cotton T-Shirt

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Official World Wide Rolling Nap Fine Art T-shirt
Organic Cotton - Design Billy X. Curmano

The World Wide Rolling Nap is a performance and environmental statement. It is a call for a restructuring, a reordering of mores, values and a paradigm shift that sets a considered balance between the ratio of work to play. All action has reaction. All human activity and now over activity affects one another, our fellow creatures and the very planet we share - as it hurtles through space and time. Unfortunately, much of this affect is negative. Humans do the least damage to the environment as they sleep. The nap, the siesta was a good idea lost in economic excess.The world wide rolling nap is a call for its return. A call to drop all production for at least one hour each and every day - to reteach relaxation and in turn reduce the world wide carbon footprint by that hour.

What’s in an Hour? 623,292,349.6 kWh of electric usage world wide.

Available in men's sizes
Small through eXtra Large $18.00
2 X Large $20

3 X Large SOLD OUT

Men's Sizes

"Swimmin' the River" Water Vials


Signed and numbered, hand etched glass vials filled with Lake Itasca water from the first day of Billy X. Curmano's historic Mississippi River Swim.

Mississippi River Water Vials

$150.00 each plus shipping.

"Parking Lot Park Conversion" - Serigraph Edition of 70

Signed and numbered silk screen and rubber stamp print from an environmental series circa 1974 reclaiming the landscape. Edition of 70 on foil backed paper. Inscription reads: Parking Lot: Park Conversion - Plants planted in 3 cm dia holes drilled 1 meter apart in Parking Lot surface. Conversion gradual process, EARTH WORK: PARKING LOT - ING (LOT) = PARK

The Sample Planting includes various plants.

PARKING LOT: PARK CONVERSION

$350.00 plus shipping, Unframed.

Billy's Tiny Card Co. - Just about postage stamp size greeting cards

A tiny subsidiary of Art Works USA. "Care Enough - Not to make a big Deal"® - A random assortment of one dozen Tiny Cards and small, but USPS approved envelopes.

12 TINY CARDS

$15.00 plus shipping 

All Occasion Apocalyptic Fashion & Etiquette Guide - Pamphlet

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All Occasion Apocalyptic Fashion & Etiquette Guide
Y2K,  Mayan Calendar or for just yet another apocalypse and end of the world, isn't it time to get your copy of the Art Works USA Y2K All Occasion Apocalyptic Fashion & Etiquette Guide with handy tips on what to wear and how to act to meet your maker. After all, we all have to go sometime. Mortem Vitae Sequens.

$10 - FREE SHIPPING from Art Works USA.

A Volume 1 #1 - Fine Art Magazine

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In 1973 Billy X. Curmano released the first (and last) volume of his magazine A Volume 1 #1He contacted and asked individual artists to develop a page for a conceptual magazine. Sixteen responded and their pages have been reproduced exactly as they were submitted.

 

"A volume 1 #1 was an experiment. Each contributor was given total artistic freedom within the technical and budgetary limitations of the print format available to us in 1973. The Franklin Speed Press was not exceptionally speedy. It consisted of a single pressman that had access to a commercial print shop after hours. A volume 1 #1 was collated and center stapled one by one by hand. Although I was somewhat pleased with the results, I had originally hoped to produce an alphabet of the volumes, A, B, C and so on and on. But then I realized, at least for the moment, I was satisfied. I came to my senses and moved on". - Billy X. Curmano, January 2013

 

Contributors: Irene Adamczyk, Ralph Andrae, Robert Bowring, Mike Buchta, Jon Christensen, Billy Curman, Michael Gehrke, Ivars 562-5598, Paul Krajniak, Margaret Linn, Ken Loeber, Mark Nitecke, Wendel Alan Pugh, Richard Sauer, Christopher Shadd, Michelle R. Stearns

 

Details: 24 pp., b/w, letter

Published: 1973, Milwaukee, USA

Edition: Probably 500 copies, but few remain.

 

Price: $55.00 Art Works USA

Price: 40€ Mark Pezinger Verlag


Fine Art & Fine Documentation

The Complete Fandango - Newsletter Set

The Fandango began as a way to have those “put me on your mailing list” requests pay for themselves. It has been in continuous publication since 1983, Vol. 1 #1 and has found its way into the Museum of Modern Art Library and other prestigious collections. Get a complete set from the first to the latest issue at time of order.FinalFan1.jpg

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The Complete Fandango

$150.00 plus shipping.

XART Audio Compact Discs - CD's

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Art Works USA is home to XART Audio (eXperimental Art Research Terminal) with a long history of independent sound recordings.

All titles $15.00 shipping included:

Billy X: Solo Set - Just Plain Folks Experimental Album Award Winner.
Threat Level 3: Orange Alert - Free Jazz Trio: Billy X. Curmano, John Y. Pendergast & Steve Z. Smith.
New X: Trios & Duets - Free Jazz Big Band: The New X Art Ensemble featuring the Amazing Tess Toster Tones.
New X: Fresh X - Free Jazz: The New X Art Ensemble featuring the Amazing Tess Toster Tones "Live at Rascals".
New X: Xmas - Lo Fi New X Art Ensemble featuring the Amazing Tess Toster Tones Deconstructs Xmas.
Amanita - Billy X. Curmano & John Pendergast - Sweet but never saccharine jazz duets.
Doozy - It's a doozy of duets from Billy X. Curmano & John Pendergast.
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WAR! - DVD

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WAR
Well, I read about a baby
that was wounded by a bullet
that was meant for her
Momma.
The young soldier that shot her
had nothing against her.
- While we were waging WAR.

From Wagin' War, Billy X: Solo Set (CD).

This DVD is a hand made one-off, burned and not replicated. Billy X. comes by his overall anti-war and social justice themes honestly. He's witnessed the stupidity and horrors of war on two continents, the insides of a jailhouse looking out and the poverty that grips our world.
Contains 4 clips:
Midnight Babylon, 13' 00", An episode of Post Traumatic Stress, 1985.
Tiger Cage Sequence, 13' 30", Live Art focusing on the plight of political prisoners shot on Super 8 Film, original music: Fly Agaric, 1973.
Nicaragua Selects, 13' 00", Vietnam Veterans Against the War Delegation to Nicaragua during the Contra War, Videographer: Mic Terry, 1986.
Say Son, 03' 00", Live Winona Arts Center performance combining The New X Art Ensemble featuring the Amazing Tess Toster Tones with the John C. Paulson Group in a free jazz summit, Videographer: Ian Smith, 2004.

WAR DVD $125.00 plus shipping.

Other DVD's, writings and art objects are often used to document Billy's extreme performances and include objects cataloged by the Museum of Modern Art. Direct inquiries to billyx.net@gmail.com

X3C Polluted Water Wear - Performance Sculpture

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Lovely Laura Vinroot models the latest in Polluted Water Wear from the Curmano Collection. The X3C was inspired by Billy X. Curmano's 2,367.4 mile swim of the Mississippi River as both performance and environmental statement.

Like much of his output, the X3C is more satirical than practical, none-the-less it has been featured in several films and exhibited along with other Objects Collected and Created in the Course of a Swim.

 

© 1995 Billy X. Curmano

Mixed Media: Wood frame, fiberglass shell, shatter-proof plastic cockpit, shoulder length waterproof PVC gloves, stocking foot waders, brushed aluminum keel, stainless steel bolts and silicone seals.

 

Size: Small

Model: Laura Vinroot - Photographer: Jerry Blow

 

The X3C is a signature work of art and requires The Artists' Reserved Rights Transfer and Sales Agreement. Contact Art Works USA for details.

 

Suggested Retail: $50,000.00 plus shipping and handling 

Help Keep Fine Art/Live Art Alive - Donations

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Donations keep Fine Art/Live Art Alive and Billy riding high on the hog.

 
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The Greyhound Tour Tee - Silk-screened shirts support live art projects. Get yours!


The Greyhound Tour Tee (Detail) - Silkscreened Tee's fund live art projects


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