I came across Johnnie last Friday [03/25/2011]. He sells drawings, doodles really, off a loading dock not far from the New Museum- but worlds away. He knows more about the art world than most academics. I told him I just saw George Condo's show at the New Museum. 'Oh ya,' he says 'I remember him from the east village in the 80's.' Johnnie has aged beyond easy recognition. but believe me he's still Johnnie.
He confided about a "social" disease. He appears to have three teeth-total. Just at the end of our talk he mentioned something about the last WWI veteran passing away and his eyes got all watery. It was very cold out - so maybe it was that. But I don't think so.