Anthony Lister's Standard Opening & Mishap Down Under

Monica LoCascio

As Stan D'Aarde told us earlier in the week, artist Anthony Lister stopped by the Standard hotel Wednesday night to show his vibrant super hero-inspired masks, weapons and window treatments in the hotel's shop. Despite being a little drained from his session painting one of his gigantic faces on the wall of the Boundless NY shop in Williamsburg the day before, Lister was in full spirits as he and the hundred-plus attendees squeezed themselves into the tiny space. Those who stopped by included artists Haze, Tony Arcabascio, Cheryl Dunn, ESPO, Judith Supine, Harif Guzman, DB Burkeman, Jose Parla, Erik Foss, Tes Uno and PAPER's own Mickey Boardman, Gari Pini, and Drew Elliott. So what did Lister think of the evening? We asked him:

"It was super! A lot of my really good friends were there, also people that I truly admire and look up to came. It was nice to have a show of one-off products in a shop as apposed to a gallery. I try to have fun and be dynamic with the randomness of where my work can be found when i exhibit.
My work was able to get into the hands of people that normally wouldn't be able to buy it. Super."

Super duper, Anthony. Meanwhile in the lower hemisphere, Lister is drumming up news with a gigantic mural that made its debut, and exit, within a 48-hour time span in Brisbane, Australia. In an apparent coup by the city council's graffiti reduction unit, a 35-foot mural that Lister had been commissioned to paint by the owners of a vacant lot was painted over by the unit without a single inquiry into its legality. The unit, which has previously had to apologize to property owners for the exact same crime, is now being accused of illegally entering, and defacing, private property. Oh snap!

Party and Boundless wall photos by Shawn Brackbill. Wall action shot by Isabel Lasala

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