Posted in music | pictures on September 24, 2009

photos by Eric M. Townsend

Ryan Adams

"I have never had any romantic, personal or financial involvement with Courtney Love. She is confusing me with her ex, who produced my Rock n Roll record, which was financed solely by Universal Music." - Ryan Adams to Gawker
Ryan Adams, clad in a Kreator t-shirt, was on hand for the opening of an exhibit of his paintings at Morrison Hotel Gallery (313 Bowery) in NYC last night (9/23). His friend Jesse Malin, who among other things, co-owns the bar Bowery Electric, which is on the same block (and where the afterparty was), was on hand to play auctioneer. The auction raised money for Housing Works. The paintings will stay on display at the gallery for a month starting today (Thursday September 24th).

You can also catch Ryan in person this Friday at the New York Public Library. Maybe he'll go see Polvo at the Bell House tonight. More pictures from the art opening, below....

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Comments (74)

"Maybe he'll go see Polvo at the Bell House tonight."

Maybe he'll go to Exxxotica NY in Edison, NJ this weekend! http://www.exxxoticany.com/

Posted by dirty old man | September 24, 2009 9:14 AM

Why do artists think they can abuse their powers to create awful art? Recession? What recession? Shit paintings for $15,000?! Discuss.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 9:23 AM

The money went to charity. Suck it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 9:28 AM

I guess awful art stems from when yr married to mandy moore

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 9:57 AM

I hope he does not Kreate anymore paintings.

Posted by slayer | September 24, 2009 10:21 AM

I still like it when people yell out for him to sing "Summer of 69" Does he still whine and throw a hissy fit about that? Shit was funny.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:23 AM

If I was married to Mandy Moore, I wouldn't have time to paint anything good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:23 AM

Paul Westerberg still thinks he sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:26 AM

Why do you people love to e-follow Ryan Adams to put down everything he does and turn it into something negative? Give the internet a break and create something.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:32 AM

And, on a brighter note: Paul Westerberg still thinks he sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:37 AM

Nice fresh out of the plastic Kreator shirt. Poser

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:38 AM

Hahaa, was thinking the same thing. There's no fucking way RA listens to Kreator.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:48 AM

OMG what a load of $hit. crappy singer makes crappier art. jesus, it really is the end of the world

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:53 AM

I guarantee everyone on here who is so obsessed with bad mouthing Ryan is a failed musician. Jealous, much?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:55 AM

Actually Ryan is really into Metal and Punk. He has had a Black Flag tat on his forearm since before he was in Whiskeytown.

Have you ever heard The Finger? It is his anonymously released punk album with Jesse Malin. It is a real punk record. None of this poseur bullshit. Ryan was in punk bands before he was in Whiskeytown.

The Kreator shirt may be brand new, but I guarantee you he listens to them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:05 AM

Mr. Adams please put the brush down and return to making mediocre alt rock.

Thanks,

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:15 AM

What a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:22 AM

why even give this guy ANY attention with all these pictures of art that is worse than the shit half of us did in nursery school?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:28 AM

just have a whiskeytown reunion already!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:34 AM

I'm not going to call him a poser or whatever, because I'm not in 7th grade anymore. But that "The Finger" record was just awful.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:40 AM

Your mom likes "The Finger," and I don't mean that record.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:49 AM

Anthem has a full rundown of the opening: http://anthemmagazine.com/story/1648

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:53 AM

Ryan Adams: Painter
Text: Joe Coscarelli


When Ryan Adams does anything, he does a lot of it. These days, on hiatus from music, he fancies himself a painter, and last night his debut collection was on display at Morrison Hotel Gallery in downtown Manhattan. The work was a hodgepodge series, largely of acrylics on canvas, utilizing hasty but deliberate brush strokes and a New York City motif, featuring upwards of 50 canvases, a few drawings and collages. I have the urge to call the show "typical Adams," but am loath to describe what that means. There were a lot of paintings, though.

Adams has afforded himself the opportunity to become a visual artist by most famously playing music―and lots of it. After two albums with the band Whiskeytown, his prolific career (both solo and with The Cardinals) includes a handful of EPs and ten full-length records, three of which were released in 2005 alone, including one double-album entitled Cold Roses. Then there are the multitudes of unofficial and unreleased songs, including those by his various online personas such "black metal" band Werewolph, "hard rock" group Sleazy Handshake, and MC alter-ego, DJ Reggie. Adams is the author of two collections of stories and poetry―Hello Sunshine and Infinity Blues―and has recently begun contributing a largely indecipherable column about vintage video games and Danzig to the web log The Awl.

Fans and detractors tend to agree on a few points about the man: Heartbreaker is a classic album; he has no filter; and his legacy would have benefitted from some quality control, but that drink is drunk. Adams is not a people pleaser, though his brattiness in the face of criticism and with the press would indicate that he yearns to be. He is a perennial prankster and over the span of his 15-year career some publication somewhere must have used the headline "Jackass of All Trades." If not, here it is.

Two weeks ago, Adams became Morrison Hotel's first "artist in residence," painting daily in a gallery space that splits the former real-estate of legendary punk club CBGB with upscale men's line John Varvatos. As per usual, Adams put himself on display along with his work, painting in the front of the gallery, but the auctioning of his new work would send proceeds to the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, a New York City non-profit fighting homelessness and AIDS. Doubtlessly feeling the ghosts of punk past breathing down his creative neck, Adams addressed his artistic blip on the space's historical radar with scribbled signs in Morrison Hotel's front window: one read, "Not Funny Mr. Adams" and another, "Joey Ramone is Turning Over in His Grave." A similar sign in the back corner of the gallery had another slogan: "If Art Is the New Music... Then Turn It Down!!"

The opening, meanwhile, was a pleasant and celebratory affair. Credit philanthropy with squeeze-drying the pretension from the night, but honestly, posing would be hard in a place that brands itself as a "rock-historical art gallery." There was little to no sneering, as is customary at art openings, and though there was security at the door, fans and friends alike seemed to populate the space. I overheard a young guy in clear Oakley glasses notice that there was a lot of "fancy pussy" in the building. Crass, yes, but Mary-Louise Parker and Ann Dexter-Jones were both present. The musician Jesse Malin presided playfully over the charity auction as Adams played art handler/manager/creator, lugging massive canvases to the makeshift stage, deciding on arbitrary starting bids and titling the works on the spot. One was artfully named "I Don't Know," but still snagged a four-figure sale. Even if you don't like the art, buy it anyway, Adams explained before the selling began. It was, as they say, for a good cause. Bidders waved paper plates with scrawled identification numbers to signify an offer, and prices hovered in the low thousands for the six or so works that sold. When bidding got sluggish, someone―possibly Adams himself―exclaimed, "Feed them more booze!" and everyone chuckled.

And if the charity wasn't enough to pardon Adams for his artiste excesses, the man looked genuinely happy. Battling a reputation that paints him as a pissy sometimes-addict, he appeared docile and almost serene, if a tad awkward. The crowded gallery was complicated spatially by a long snaking line of fans hoping to have a piece of merchandise autographed, while people snapped digital photos and Adams grinned. A Parisian twentysomething claimed to have flown from France to give Adams his band's demo. "I wish he had some reservations," someone said to me as we observed the signing table. Adams' smile and politeness were profoundly un-rockstar, to say nothing of his recent marriage to pop starlet Mandy Moore. But luckily for his cred among the less earnest of his followers, questions do remain about Adams' motivations: Does he crave the limelight and positive press? Was a portion of this night for fame and glory? Would anyone really pay $45,000 for an average four-canvas painting of a Manhattan skyline? Probably.

Posted by "Anthem has a full rundown of the opening" | September 24, 2009 11:57 AM

There are several of those paintings I really liked and would've bid on if I had the money, which by the way went to Housing Works. I will always love his voice and his songs, but I've enjoyed his writing, too. He does seem to polarize people, love him or hate him. I have no idea why anyone would hate him, but whatever. I admire his energy and his efforts to encourage creativity. And I'm all for any musician who gets his music out to people through his own label, cutting out the middle men.

Posted by Sandy | September 24, 2009 12:01 PM

How do you do something as cool and vintage Stonsey as Batgirlsexy and then give the albums such awful bland covers?A bit fishy....

Posted by Sad Michael | September 24, 2009 12:18 PM

his art is certainly better than any music he's put out in the past decade. how this talentless hack still gets exposure is beyond me. after whiskeytown = nothing but endless ass.

Posted by bing crosby | September 24, 2009 12:29 PM

Oh wow, Malin was available? How'd they snag him?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 12:32 PM

charity or not, 15k? he's got to be laughing on the inside.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 12:48 PM

This is sad indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 12:49 PM

I actually think his artwork is great. I wish could afford some.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:19 PM

who's the fuckface that decided to put an article on BV?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:02 PM

a fucking douchebag who's music and paintings fucking suck balls.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:26 PM

where is mandy?

Posted by more | September 24, 2009 2:39 PM

my kid could paint that.

Posted by milf | September 24, 2009 2:40 PM

your 0 for 2 ryan. maybe you should just get a 9-5 corporate job.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 5:04 PM

Wow, people...making fun of someone for creating? Who cares if you like it or not; it's his artwork.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 6:28 PM

Ryan must really hate his fans if he's asking them to cough up 15 big ones for his shitty art. Charity or not, that is serious exploitation and huge middle finger to the average working class Joe, just struggling to stay afloat.

And if hating on Ryan Adams classifies you as a failed musician, then call me Keanu Reeves.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 6:35 PM

"Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion" -VvG

"I dream my painting, then I paint my dream" - VvG

You're the best, Ryan - dreams & hope, and life is beautiful!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:18 PM

Vincent, too, was little appreciated during his lifetime - and incredibly prolific.

"I am seeking, I am striving. I am in it with all my heart" - Vincent

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:28 PM

If you dont like what I do DO SOMETHING YOURSELF YOU FUCKING POSERS
you wish you had the balls to put yourself out there but no you live in a fucking comment column- average joe my ass
if you dont like it THEN GET BUSY making your own art and your own charity
until then,
while i am at work for charity and for MY WORLD OF ART'
you can suck it
losers
fuck you

Posted by Ryan Adams | September 25, 2009 4:54 AM

Ryan Adams fucking go HOME! you strung us along! we liked what you did at times, but don't like you right now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:01 AM

9.01 Yes
Like Tim Fite says "YOUR MONEY'S NO GOOD HERE"
Back to Jacksonville

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:17 AM

is that really him? ha!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:20 AM

Those were the best days of my life.

Posted by Bryan Adams | September 25, 2009 9:29 AM

Wow, I'm shocked by all the transparent jealousy and venom. Imagine if the haters invested this much energy into creating something rather than hating on someone else who creates? Interesting, what stops most haters from creating is that fear of being judged, yet they perpetuate it by harshly judging others. Freedom starts with the choice to be unattached to what others wish to do and how they choose to express themselves, so long as it doesn't impede the same choice of others. - L.

Posted by Lance | September 25, 2009 11:15 AM

"Imagine if the haters invested this much energy into creating something rather than hating on someone else who creates?"

Hating is easy. Creating is hard.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 12:12 PM

RYAN ADAMS IS GIFTED AND AMAZING. GOD BLESS HIM. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK RYAN!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 1:27 PM

I'm sorry I missed the opening - looks like it was great. Much you like you, DRA.

Posted by just me | September 25, 2009 2:01 PM

I just wanted to say that Slayer's comment: "I hope he does not Kreate anymore paintings." Had me laughing way too hard. Oh such joy on a friday.

Posted by Charlie | September 25, 2009 2:11 PM

he was nice enough to sign anything anyone brought and took time talking to everyone. maybe he's just an asshole when he's on stage w/a guitar? or maybe he's not an asshole at all...

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2009 11:06 AM

Follow your heart Ryan. Keep on keeping on. Thank you for everything you do. And don't let the bastards get you down.

Posted by Mitch | September 27, 2009 1:03 PM

Right. I'm hist first cousin (our fathers are brothers) and I am NOT impressed. Stick to music, Ryan.

Posted by Matt Adams | September 27, 2009 10:21 PM

Who the hell cares what band shirt he wears. So it's a Kreator shirt. Maybe he does like them. I find it hard to believe he is wearing a shirt of a band he doesn't listen to or has heard of. Do you really think his PR Rep or someone said , "Hey this band is popular with the kids, Wear this". If that where the case, Don't you think he would be wearing Jonas Bros, Miley Cyrus or Hannah Montana? Gimme a break, You people are pathetic

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 5:49 AM

Jeez. What a bunch of gas-bags. All of which were signed "annon". cyber-stalker-timewasters go away please. Or say something in particular that is at least interesting rather than filling this blog with your vapid sloganeering. It's like 8th grade. Ryan's a bonafide talented musician, and a pretty nice guy. Maybe he's just started on this painting trip. and maybe some of these DO suck. I've seen far worse from people who have been through bfa, mfa, and f*ck knows what else programs who still make mediocre crap. Some of these are actually pretty good. I like the one of the girl and the pea labels. the labels are like a wall of eyes that don't quite fit into the figure's face. Like an off-register warhol but different. I'm sure he's already done enough that with some curating would make a decent chelsea type show. Infact, all this negativity has inspired me to go see it.

Posted by jm | September 29, 2009 7:44 PM

Right. I'm hist first cousin (our fathers are brothers) and I am NOT impressed. Stick to music, Ryan.

Posted by FLV Converter | September 30, 2009 10:45 AM

Art is a conversation. If you don't like it, move along, but you needn't be so crude as to fart on your way out. Ryan, a bounty of energy in all efforts here. It's loud, not always so clear, and vigorous.

Posted by Mary Box | September 30, 2009 3:55 PM

I think the world would be a worse place without Ryan. All the cyber-losers can suck it, they aint doing anything but farting IN THE ROOM. Just goes to show you that the Internet and millions of mindless voices equals information overload. This was for charity, haters, show some!

Posted by Jeff | October 1, 2009 6:43 PM

@ Ryan's cousin:
I seriously cannot imagine a cousin of mine saying such a negative thing about another cousin.
And I've got buttloads of cousins.
Dude . . .wtf?

Posted by just me | October 2, 2009 2:38 PM

To each their own.

Negative posters should be ashamed of themselves this was a charity event. You should have been giving, even if you could not afford the paintings, you could still do something, instead of creating mindless posts. You should GET OFF THE KEYBOARD, AND DO SOMETHING POSITIVE!!!

With that said,

Rock on Mr. Adams, Keep creating what you create.

I see an outlet with many plugs! It will not blow the voltage is high.

Posted by YingYang | October 3, 2009 1:39 PM

Why all the hate and vitriol? For real? The last thing the world needs right now. . . And when someone is actually contributing to the greater good. . . Doing something. Anything! People are lame. Can't wait to see you art openings.

I'd be pissed too if I were Ryan. Y'all should get a life and put your energy into forward motion, lest useless hostility. Y'all are probably jealous that he has balls and is talented and gets (got) all the girls. . .

What'd Ryan ever do to you? Huh? I'd really like to know. . .

Still think Ryan is brave and cool and real after all these years! (Even with his jam-band phase.) Go Factory Girl!

XO,
Mel

Posted by Melissa Seibold | October 4, 2009 8:40 AM

holy fuck people. leave him alone. this is ridiculous. devote all of your unbridled anger towards something besides a fucking internet column. i'd like to see you create all of these wonderfully expressive paintings and donate all of the money to charity. instead you're all sitting in your computer chairs feeling joy because you decided to put someone down. if that's what you need to do to get you through the day then BOY..do i feel sorry for you.

Posted by s | October 8, 2009 4:24 PM

lol! looks like his fanclub found BV.

Get over it, his paintings, for charity or not, SUCK DICKBAGS.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 5:19 PM

no, you are the dickbag. get out of your mother's basement, off of the internet, and see if you can create something better.

Posted by s | October 9, 2009 9:00 AM

wow these paintings tell an erotic story! They speak to me and say let's roll around in some paint and then fuck our brains out on a canvas. I am okay with that, should I put down my cup of coffee first?

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2009 12:44 PM

It is hard to say such a thing is clear.

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 10:36 AM

I think Ryan Adams is fantastic. I haven't heard heaps of his stuff but what I have I absolutely love, I've only been able to see one gig (in Melbs) and he was amazing.
The paintings look wonderful and the opening looks like it had such a brilliant, positive and colourful vibe.
I'm really sorry Ryan had to read all these ridiculous comments that come from nowhere and have no basis. And thanks to everyone who is defending him on here, aren't we lucky to live such wonderful lives that the detractors won't ever have the pleasure of experiencing?
We're privileged to live in the same world at the same time as you, Ryan. Thanks for everything you do.

Posted by Anonymous | October 22, 2009 7:35 AM

Ryan's been a huge inspiration to me musically and artistically.
He'll always be #1 on my list of favorite musicians, and i think his art is fantastic.
Those who disagree, go ahead, disagree.
But it's a waste of your time and everyone else's to be so rude about someone else's art.

Posted by Anonymous | December 28, 2009 9:30 PM

That is some inspirational stuff. Never knew that opinions could be this varied. Thanks for all the enthusiasm to offer such helpful information here.

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Posted by proactol review | January 26, 2010 5:38 AM

Ohkay, those were awful paintings! Somehow, I found the clash of colors and the pictures depicted as noisy and irritating. Guess the paintings reflect the personality of the painter, huh?

Posted by Combination Boiler | April 24, 2010 6:38 AM

He looks happy and healthy in these photos - let him be any kind of artist he wants to be, he's not trying to please you.

Posted by don't be hating | May 28, 2010 11:08 AM

Why are people criticizing his art? Art is personal and I never appreciated any art critic. They are all pretentious snobs who think they can tell other people what's good. I like his art, I think it's beautiful and much better than a majority of people can do. Hopefully I can get an autographed piece to hang above my fireplace :-)

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