Lemon Performance Booklets

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.



Lemon Performance Booklets

$50.00 plus shipping & handling

Billy X. Curmano Futurism's Bastard Son

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.


There is also a collectors Edition of 50 copies.

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The Search


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.

$55.00 plus shipping.


Collectors' Edition


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

"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"

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.


$350.00 plus shipping, Unframed.

Billy's Tiny Card Co.

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.


$15.00 plus shipping 

All Occasion Apocalyptic Fashion & Etiquette Guide


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



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