The Art Guys

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The Art Guys (Michael Galbreth, born 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Jack Massing, born 1959 in Buffalo, New York) are a collaborative artist team based in Houston, Texas.[1]


The Art Guys have worked together since 1983 after meeting while students at the University of Houston. For the exploration of their ideas, they employ a wide variety of media including sculpture, drawing, performances, installations and video.[citation needed]

Described in the New York Times as "a cross between Dada, David Letterman, John Cage and the Smothers Brothers",[2] The Art Guys present a blend of performance, conceptual and visual art that explores the absurdities of contemporary life.

Not Artists[edit]

The Art Guys became "not artists" on April 1, 2016 at 12:05 am after 33 years of collaboration. Hallelujah! the blind can see again; the water’s fine.

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Art Guys: Cloud Cuckoo Land (Selections from 25 Years of Drawings, Proposals, Failed Schemes and Pipe Dreams). Galveston, Texas, Galveston Arts Center, 2007.
  • Creative Time: The Book. New York, New York, 2006.
  • Houston Contemporary Art. Shanghai, Shanghai Art Museum, 2006.
  • Suits: The Clothes Make the Man. New York, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000.
  • Guinness World Records 2000 Millennium Edition, Britain: Guinness World Records, Ltd., 2000.
  • The Art Guys Think Twice. New York, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1995.
  • Autoportraits Contemporains: Here’s Looking At Me. Lyons, France: Espace Lyonnaise d’art Contemporain, 1993.
  • FluxAttitudes. New York, New York: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1991.


  1. ^ "The Art Guys at Capp Street Projects" (PDF). CCA Libraries. 1995-07-31. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  2. ^ "AT WORK WITH: The Art Guys; In Performance: Life Imitates Art Imitating Life," Sam Howe Verhovek, New York Times, August 9, 1995. Retrieved on 2008-01-06.

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