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The Art Guys—infamously called “a cross between Dada and David Letterman, John Cage and the Smothers Brothers,” by the New York Times—are having a sale. A 50 percent off art sale! That’s right: Art Guys Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing claim that they have too much art (is that even a thing?) on their hands. With works ranging from geometric pencil drawings exploring cubes, lines, and spatial relationships, to surreal, bizarre paintings of buffalo chicken wings and teeth, the online sale should have something for everyone. It starts at midnight, 12:01 a.m., on Sunday, May 17. Best of all, as advertised by the famous local duo: "No awkward conversations with artists!" "No pushy gallerists!"

The works on offer certainly don’t belong in the bargain bin. Our favorites are the traditional drawings resembling old advertisements à la Mad Men, but are really the proposals and concept designs for sculptures and bigger projects. These explorations of motion, scale, and color make great artworks in themselves. The Art Guys also took their drawings and scribblings, scanned them, altered and duplicated them electronically, and turned into a photo series that’s an excellent window into their crazy minds at work. Exact, highly detailed works give way to looser, more playful pieces, too, if that suits your artistic fancy. Spray paint tests become abstract modern works, in exciting colors for your living room wall.

The options are vast, but they might not last long. The Art Guys special Memorial Day sale will only last two weeks. As of 11:59 p.m., May 31, those discounted prices will disappear, as will all the other perks, like free delivery within a 50-mile radius. It’s clear the Art Guys really ARE trying to empty out their inventory. Fans of experimental, or simply off-the-beaten-track art shouldn’t miss this opportunity. Just be prepared to spend a pretty penny, even though everything is marked down. These are the Art Guys, after all.

Still, it's a great opportunity. Because who doesn’t want to own an old black-and-white portrait photo that has a red clown’s nose attached to it? That is a conversation starter, my friends, and one that adds a bit of needed humor to our lives.

 

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