Ryan Adams recently returned to New York after a stretch of time in Los Angeles with his new bride Mandy Moore. But, instead of focusing on music, the erratic singer/songwriter/guitarist/author/self-proclaimed metal enthusiast and video game blogger used his time in New York to showcase his art. Adams set up shop in the Morrison Hotel Gallery—the music-centric art space located at the former site of CBGB’s 313 Gallery—to paint a series of works benefiting the Housing Works Used Bookstore. Last night, Adams opened the exhibit to the public and auctioned off a selection of his recent works.
Fellow New York songwriter Jesse Malin served as the event’s auctioneer and successfully sold a number of Adams’ works to the invite-only crowd. Adams attended the auction wearing a black Kreator t-shirt and introduced each painting during the auction. The evening’s Halloween-themed showstopper—which was titled You’re Driving Me Crazy—went for over $3,000. Despite his reputation, Adams appeared to be in good spirit and sober, drinking soda, joking with attendees and even cutting the price of a self-portrait after it failed to sell (the work in question was eventually bundled as a two-for-one offer with another piece).
Adams’ paintings are currently for sale at the gallery. In addition, Adams will sit for a conversation with Mary-Louise Parker at the New York Public Library this Friday.