Guest Book/Contact

Any memories of Devin are much appreciated – please add them in the comment section below the contact form or email devinmemorial@gmail.com. We’d also love to publish any memories, stories, prose, or poetry, in addition to photographs or artwork.

We’ll be sending emails when we have solid information on the New York memorial. Please add your contact information to the form below and we’ll keep you updated.

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9 thoughts on “Guest Book/Contact

  1. Abra, I am trying to post this on the Devin’s memorial web sight. I can’t work it out. Can you help?
    Hope your fine.
    JohnStulgate

    Devin,

    Your melancholy water colors cover the walls of my study in Florida. I always saw you as optimistic and gifted with a joy of life. A true standout. The son I would like to have had.
    You worked for me in my shop on 18th Street and the river. The work I gave you was tedious and bleak but you performed it well. You were earning money for school. When we were slow I told you you must paint. My only prohibition is that you paint scenes from the neighborhood. The obvious scene I desired was the beautiful Asian park on the river that was the view from our windows. You painted everything except that. On one of your excursions you found a cave under the river overpass. It was a camp occupied by a gang of homeless derelicts and madmen. When They discovered you painting their cave they pored out like Dickensonian rats and chased you away. You came back to the shop breathless and shaken. I laughingly thought ‘maybe now you’ll paint the park’.
    You never questioned why a schizophrenic homeless guy was sleeping in the shop. When he collapsed you took him to the cook county hospital and cared for him while I was vacationing in Mexico. What Heart!

    John Stulgate
    Paris, France

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  2. Devin was one of the only reasons I was able to handle working at MoMA. He, myself and a group of several like minded artistic types were a merry band of fraternal pranksters thrown together randomly to combat the massive hordes of the public leeches when the museum first re-opened in 2004. We kept each other sane with story telling, practical jokes, impressions of awful visitors, deep conversations about art and the nature of the universe, and copious amounts of bourbon and cigarettes. I was there when he met Annie, and I was sad when he left NYC. But I always respected his genuine talent, for it was that. Real, genuine, anachronistic, and singular. He left an indelible impression on me, and countless others. I wish we had kept in better touch after he left NYC and I so badly wanted to visit him in Montana. I’m destroyed that I just found out about this today, but my feelings of love and grief are no less genuine. Devin was a kind, gentle, silly soul and I’m so lucky to have been his co-worker and friend. Thank you Abra for setting up this website so people can express their love and sorrow. He was truly one of a kind.

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  3. I met and worked with Devin, circa October of 2004 and together with a collection of other artists, writers, actors, fire-throwers, transvestites, and an assortment of misfits, freaks and “creatives” (they called us “V.A.s” @ the time…) we re-opened the Museum of Modern Art and made Manhattan “…MODERN, again”, to quote the multi-zillion-dollar advertising campaign @ the time. – My best moment was when someone approached us @the information desk and asked to see the “Mona Lisa”. I won’t write here what we both thought; it wouldn’t be polite. (Apparently this happened a few other times…) Regadless; that was one of THE best laughs! We looked @ each other and knew it was going to be “downhill” from then on: the (((SixFlags-Crowd)))) had finally discovered MoMA. – D.L., I always loved (& wanted to have) your last name…

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    • (I thought I had “lost” what I originally wrote because when I taped on “post”
      it disappeared
      so I re-wrote it therefore there might be another hommage to Devin L. floating around in cyber space and maybe it will stay there or perhaps it will eventually reappear and create a sort of duplicate
      I’m such an idiot sorry!)

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  4. I’m currently an undergraduate Art History student and came across Devin Leonardi’s work earlier this year. I fell in love with it – I’m from California, and the way he painted the West resonated with me and the many dear memories I have of being out in the wild in my home state.

    For my Proseminar class in school, I am completing a final project on Devin’s painting “Judith Mountains.” This will include a paper on his use of archival photography in depicting the West, as well as a creative portion that will probably incorporate collage and embroidery.

    While I don’t know if anyone will read this, and while I never knew him personally, I wanted to thank Devin Leonardi for creating this work while he was alive. I remember the gut-punch of seeing “Judith Mountains” for the first time. I think that painting, and all his paintings, will stay with me for the rest of my life. Thank you.

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