Dikeou Superstars

A quick snapshot of what Dikeou Collection artists have been up to over the past month, and what to look forward to next month.

Marcel Dzama photographed by Spike Jonze in 2010

Marcel Dzama spoke to Artspace about his early years growing up in Winnipeg and the house fire that helped reignite his creativity

Photo credit: Sebastian Kim

Anicka Yi’s solo exhibition ÄLñ§ñ is currently on view at Gladstone Gallery through November 12. She also has work on view at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center through February 26, and she will be in residence at Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts and the Office of the Vice President for the Arts in collaboration with the Human and Planetary Health working group through June 2023.

Photo source: CulturedMag.com

Anya Kielar will teach a fabric making workshop at Pioneer Works on Saturday, November 5. Her exhibition, Shadow Box, on view at PW through December 11, was recently reviewed on CulturedMag.com

Photo source: Emory.edu

Read Chad Dawkins essay “The Black Emergency Cultural Coalition: Direction Action and Attica Prison” on Emory University’s Rose Library Scholar Blog

Giasco Bertoli, TAPES

Giasco Bertoli’s book Tapes is currently available from RVB Books, in regular and special editions

Photo credit: Ellen Van Dusen

Designer Ellen Van Dusen’s favorite piece of clothing she owns is a sweatshirt by Misaki Kawai from NY Art Book Fair. We love it too!

Photo credit: John Daniel Powers

Lisa Kereszi’s “Water Fountain, Governors Island” was featured in a spread of James Lima’s Chelsea studio in Architectural Digest

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Justin Goldwater completed his 1,692 mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail! Congratulations!

Image Source: Cornell.edu

Watch Paul Ramirez Jonas’ Cornell University Keynote talk about his “Key to the City” project

Sebastiaan Bremer, Vinoodh 1. Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery

Sebastiaan Bremer’s recent exhibition at Edwynn Houk Gallery was reviewed in Musée Magazine

October 28, 2022

Archives of American Art | Smithsonian Institution Acquires the Papers of Devon Dikeou Studio, zingmagazine, and Dikeou Collection

That old box of postcards, those yellowed clippings, envelopes with notes that were not to be forgotten. The sketched and scribbled detritus of day to day life is so easy to discard, but when saved and accrued over time, these little bits create a picture of one’s life just as rich as any painting and as real as any photograph. As an artist, publisher, curator, and collector, Devon Dikeou has had many of these materials pass through her fingertips, much of which she has thoughtfully saved and preserved. Possessing the intuitive nature to keep the paper trail of her career since the early 1990s and integrate the conceptual nuance of archiving into the wider scope of her art practice, Devon has accumulated an in-depth archive that has a culturally broad and deeply personal history within the contemporary art landscape. On September 8, 2022, Devon signed a pledge to have the papers pertaining to her studio practice, zingmagazine, and Dikeou Collection donated to the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art where they will be preserved for posterity and made available for public access and research. This important pledge capped off a special event at Dikeou Collection, Archive Live with Josh T. Franco, Head of Collecting at the Archives of American Art, where incredible documents and treasures were uncovered and revealing stories shared in front of a live audience.

Conceptualized by Josh Franco, Archive Live is an event where an artist sorts through their archival holdings with an archivist in an organic “unboxing” presentation so the public can experience the spontaneous discovery and conversation that transpires when a unique item is pulled from a box, folder, or drawer. There are dozens (and dozens) of boxes that hold the 30-years history of Devon’s artwork, zingmagazine, and Dikeou Collection files, so we made a point of bringing out a select few to present at the event.


The first document discussed was not found in Devon’s archives but one that already exists in the Archives of American Art, and that was her original letter of interest to apply as an intern at Tibor de Nagy Gallery and the subsequent correspondence for acceptance in 1985. These letters represent the early beginnings of a remarkable life in the arts and Devon’s prescient appearance in the Smithsonian’s archives. From there the boxes revealed one-of-a-kind wonders like the late Dan Asher’s handwritten artist statement for his work in the Dikeou Collection, Wade Guyton’s installation drawings for “The Room Moved, the Way Blocked,” Leon Fuller’s original notebook of TV Drawings from zingmagazine issue 13, glossy fashion photos by As FOUR, keys from Devon’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It” series taped in a folder (an archival no-no), and endearing and often hilarious notes from the many artists that populate Devon’s circle over the years.

The talk ended with the announcement of the Archives of American Art’s acquisition of Devon’s papers. This moment was made official with Devon’s signature of the promised gift agreements via autopen - a throwback to her D.C. days as an intern for Colorado Senator Gary Hart. The task of sorting and preparing the papers for their move to the nation’s capitol will be like reliving Archive Live over and over again, with approximately 150 linear feet of boxes full of groovy gems waiting to be found and made available for those who seek them. 

-Hayley Richardson

September 30, 2022

Dikeou Superstars Monthly Roundup

A quick snapshot of what Dikeou Collection artists have been up to over the past month, and what to look forward to next month.


Joshua Abelow’s solo exhibition “Barnett Abelow” is now open at H.G.Chicago.

Anya Kielar’s solo exhibition “Shadow Box” is on view at Pioneer Works through December 11.

Devon Dikeou has officially pledged to have the papers of her artist studio, zingmagazine, and Dikeou Collection entered into the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art where they will be preserved for posterity and made available for public access and research.

Lizzi Bougatsos created a lens cloth and keepsake poster for her homegirl Chloë Sevigny’s latest collaboration with Baby Parker. She also recently walked in Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s fall 2022 runway show.

Inspiration from Marcel Dzama was seen on the runway via BORAASKSU’s spring 2023 collection presented at London Fashion Week.

Anicka Yi spoke on the Community Panel, moderated by Thelma Golden, at the recent Sky High Farm Symposium at Judd Foundation. She was joined by Father Mike Lopez and Tremain Emory. She was also recently featured on an episode of A brush with. . . podcast

Mycophile Agathe Snow’s sculpture practice has evolved to now include her passion for mushroom farming. She and her partner Anthony Holbrooke run Mattituck Mushrooms in the North Fork region. “The real truth to it is that we’re both sculptors. There’s nothing like a mushroom,” she said. “[Discarded materials] we’re collecting for making sculpture also go into making growing boxes for the mushrooms.”

Sebastiaan Bremer’s current exhibition at Edwynn Houk Gallery was recently reviewed in VMan Magazine.

Paul Ramírez Jonas was honored at the recent Socrates Sculpture Park Benefit.

September 30, 2022

Dikeou Superstars Monthly Roundup

A quick snapshot of what Dikeou Collection artists have been up to over the past month, and what to look forward to next month.

Joshua Abelow has work currently on view at King’s Leap in NYC through September 2

Sarah Staton opens SupaVenezia at A plus A gallery in Venice through September 25

Sebastiaan Bremer “New Portraits” exhibition opens at Edwin Hour Gallery in NYC September 10

Devon Dikeou will be joined by Josh T. Franco, Head of Collecting for the Archives of American Art at Smithsonian Institution for Archive Live at Dikeou Collection on September 8

Check out some amazing behind the scenes shots from Serge Onnen’s film Dromodriller

Misaki Kawai has work currently on view at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen through September 17

Curator and artist Talysha Bujold-Abu gives us a tour of Marcel Dzama: Illustration and Other Worlds

Follow Justin Goldwater’s walk across California on the Pacific Crest Trail

[caption id="attachment_5097" align="alignnone" width="400"] Anicka Yi speaks at SESSION 10 at TED2022: A New Era. April 10-14, 2022, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Gilberto Tadday / TED[/caption]

Watch Anicka Yi’s TED Talk, “Art That Imagines New Ways of Living with Machines”

August 30, 2022

Dikeou Superstars Monthly Roundup

A quick snapshot of what Dikeou Collection artists have been up to over the past month, and what to look forward to next month.

Anicka Yi was profiled and interviewed for Korea JoongAng Daily. “Here in Seoul, people don't try to repress or turn away from the aromas whether it's on the body or in the kitchen and food. It's very refreshing.”

Wade Guyton (and Anicka Yi) currently have work on view in “The Painter’s New Tools” at Nahmad Contemporary, through September 24. They were also cited in The New York Times article “Computers and Painting’s Identity Crisis” by Travis Diehl.'

[caption id="attachment_5092" align="alignnone" width="400"] Chris Johanson. "Unknow Know With What Is 12," 2021. Acrylic and house paint on recycled and stretched canvas. Museum purchase, a gift from the Svane Family Foundation. Courtesy of Chris Johanson / Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Photograph by Randy Dodson[/caption]

Chris Johanson’s “Unknown Know With What Is 12” was recently acquired by the de Young Museum’s contemporary collection

Joshua Abelow and Joshua Boulos open a two-person exhibition, “EDM,” at King’s Leap August 5

July 29, 2022