A while back, we clued you into the pop-up that Katz’s Delicatessen was opening next to its longtime digs. The Space, at 203 East Houston, launches with a party at 7 p.m. tomorrow, and it turns out the deli’s taste in artists is as sharp as its pastrami blades. No, they didn’t get Banksy (he was busy hitting the Upper West Side, Staten Island and Chelsea over the weekend) but on board for the collab are self-declared “fartist” Hanksy, Baron Von Fancy (maker of the “Blow Me” balloon), Rich Tu, and Kenzo Minami.
Minami, who recently stopped into B+B’s own pop-up, gave us a preview of the print he’ll be showing. “4 Corners of the East” incorporates the Katz’s “That’s All!” signage and resembles four unfinished works. “The whole idea is that the neighborhood or any area is always under construction or a work in progress or never actually done,” he said. “Especially these days — the Lower East Side is at a turning point, really, with the new development they just passed on Delancey, near the Williamsburg Bridge, and then the closing of all these old-school spots like Max Fish. Pretty much everything’s closing on the Lower East Side — everything is in constant flux. Actually, when I think about that, Katz’s 125th anniversary is kind of amazing.”
The artist and graphic designer confessed he’s never actually eaten at Katz’s, though he’s been inside plenty of times — to pick up food for friends. “I’ve always wanted to go in there [to eat] but I’m still intimidated by the ticket system because I still don’t know how it works, even though I’ve been there.”
Who knows if he’ll ever get the time to sit down and have what she’s having, anyway: Minami recently collaborated with former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha on some t-shirts to be sold at Beams in Japan and is busy putting together a retrospective of his design work with brands like , , Affinity Cycles and Kidrobot. “Mass Production” opens at hpgrp GALLERY November 7 and up through the 30th.