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John Ahearn’s Bronx Elvis

People keep telling me Max Fish is closing (they announced they would in 2011), but every time I walk by, it is still in full swing. It’s neighbor, Pink Pony (one of the first restaurants I ever went to in NY) actually did fall victim of the rent being too damn high and is gone, but Max Fish remains, with a plan to move to Brooklyn in the coming weeks. The Seminal East Village dive is not really the punk rock hang it once was anymore, but it still has lots of cool art to look at amidst a street of douchey bars. Joining the scariest Julio Iglesias picture I’ve ever seen is one of John Ahearn’s awesome castings. It opened in 1989 and was at the time a pioneer of cool on a rundown block of Ludlow.

From his famous 1979 South Bronx Hall of Fame collaboration with Rigoberto Torres (which was recreated at the first Frieze New York Art Fair in 2012), hangs Elvis, (not to be confused with the Spanish El Vez casting), who overlooks the entrance of the bar with crossed arms.


The piece was made in Ahearn’s Bronx studio, with the castings done in front of the nearby Fashion Moda gallery of people in the neighborhood. Ahearn and Fashion Moda stirred up the Bronx, involving the locals, rather than the pretention of the gallery scene further south. Ahearn’s sculptures can also be found at Socrates Sculpture Park. His brother Charlie Ahearn is known for directing Wild Style.

Who: John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres

What: Elvis Sculpture from “South Bronx Hall of Fame” show

Where: Max Fish Bar, 178 Ludlow Street  New York, NY 10002

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  1. as seen at FRIEZE NY, one of John Ahearn’s original 1979 casts hangs at Max Fish bar-Bronx Elvis http://t.co/CGULb1Rj via @artnerdnewyork

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