Art Stars is a group of performers, comedians, poets, storytellers, musicians, and performance artists located in and around New York's Lower East Side.
The term "Art Star" was first coined by Andy Warhol. As used by performers like the Rev. Jen Miller in the mid-1990s, the term came to be used in that community as a tongue-in-cheek way to embody a non-competitive attitude (in which all artists/performers/participants are declared to be "Art Stars") shared among these performers in an otherwise competitive New York art and performance scene.
A band of losers and trolls with time on their hands. Many in full flight from reality, few capable of paying their rent. Sad really
- The Show Goes Downtown from New York Magazine
- The Church of the Open Mic from The Morning News
- Gecko, Mistress of the Lower East Side Tesla Coils, 2004 from The Villager
- East Side Arts from Downtown Express
- He speaks the truth softly, at a show called Talkingstick Master Lee in The Villager
- Slamming Back from Village Voice
- Exit, Stage Lower East Side from Village Voice
- Jan 2002, Reverend Jen's Anti-Slam from the Village Voice
- Take The New Comedy. Please. PDF version of New York Times article by Neil Strauss
- NY Times Letter to the Editor: Downtown Still Bohemian; City Section letter by Katrin Hier
- Alternative Comedy: Laughs on the Edge PDF version of Wall Street Journal article by James S. Hirsch
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