Club kid killer Michael Alig is the Roxie Hart of today’s art world, using his murderous past as a catalyst to kickstart a painting career. At Select Fair in Chelsea, a new arts & culture platform called “Monarch” will publicly unveil Alig’s post-prison work for the first time from May 13-17.
Though we’re certain the turnout will be impressive, it won’t be due to the quality of Alig’s infamous outsider art. Described as “graphic pop art” that delivers a “sharp satire on celebrity and commercialism,” Alig’s work is evocative of student-level Andy Warhol rip-offs—a shaky body of work that wouldn’t stand of chance of being showcased without the backbone of his bloodstained history. The art community loves drama—us included—but something seems very off about using murder as a marketing ploy.