Spencer Sweeney
Spencer Sweeney
Kitto-San, New York, 2015
502 pages, hardcover
12 × 10 inches


Painter, DJ and nightlife promoter Spencer Sweeney (born 1973) has been an indelible and essential part of New York City’s cultural landscape for almost two decades, connecting to longstanding roots in the city’s music, art and life after dark. While many mourn the loss of the NYC they love, Sweeney has never fallen out of love with his city. This huge but affordable volume is filled with the evidence: pages of fascinating interviews with fellow faithfuls such as Alex Bag, Larry Clark, Abel Ferrara, John Giorno, Mary Heilmann, Harmony Korine, Johan Kugelberg, Jim Lambie, Glenn O’Brien, Will Oldham, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt and Tony Shafrazi; archival photos documenting the countless moments, both legendary and obscure; and of course, hundreds of Sweeney’s colorful paintings that synthesize life in New York in the second decade of the new century.