“In the art of Walt Cassidy, jewelry, sculpture, drawing and photography collide. Process feeds process; he works it through, works it out even – in what constitutes an art of translation. Biography is fractured into distilled moments of metaphor and motif. Viewing his art is like sneaking a peep of a diary, but that diary is coded and enigmatic: sensory – not legible.”
- Alice Butler for König Magazine, Berlin.
Walt Cassidy (American, b. 1972) is a multimedia artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. His explorative and allegorical work incorporates photography, drawing, sculpture, painting, design and jewelry.
Throughout the 1990’s, as a teenager, Walt Cassidy, then called Waltpaper, was at the center of the New York City Club Kids, an artistic and fashion-conscious youth movement. The group was a definitive force in New York City's underground club culture and made long-lasting contributions to mainstream art and fashion.
The artwork of Walt Cassidy has been exhibited at MASS MOCA; Paul Kasmin Gallery; Deitch Projects; 303 Gallery; Torrance Art Museum; Watermill Center; Vox Populi; Miami Basel Artfair; Leslie-Lohman Museum, and Invisible Exports.
In 2014, Walt Cassidy Studio was established as a jewelry brand, and has expanded to include interiors-based murals.
Walt Cassidy Studio has collaborated with the Brazilian brand Melissa, produced editions with The Long Life China Company, and designed the jewelry for Derek Lam's Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. The jewelry works have been featured at Laloon, The Limited Edition Miami Beach and currently at The Feathered in Mexico City and Maison 10 in New York City.
In October 2019, Cassidy’s first book, NEW YORK: CLUB KIDS by Waltpaper, was published by Damiani. A high-impact visual diary of New York City in the 1990s, NEW YORK: CLUB KIDS is the first comprehensive visual document of the decade’s colorful nightlife and street culture. The book grants special access to an underground world, providing exclusive insight into the lifestyle of this celebrated and notorious clique. Featuring rare and previously unseen photographs along with magazine editorials and ephemera, the book culls from the personal archives of various photographers and artists who participated in the scene.
To honor the release of NEW YORK: CLUB KIDS, Cassidy partnered with the brand Opening Ceremony for the launch and to design a small capsule collection of garments and accessories related to the book. For the collection Cassidy collaborated with the artists, Gregory Homs and Dolphina Jones, who created much of the iconic promotional artwork and branding originally circulated during the era of the mega-club.
Additional publications featuring Walt Cassidy include British Journal of Photography, Interview, Another Man, Dazed, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Elle, Artforum, The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Artforum, The New York Times, In Style, W Magazine, Candy Magazine, Out, Style.com, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Harpers Bazaar.
Selected Bibliography and Press
Christopher Bollen, “The Club Kids According to Walt Cassidy”, Interview Magazine, September 2019
Marigold Warner, “New York Club Kids: Rewriting the Narrative”, British Journal of Photography, August 16, 2019
Mikelle Street, "Club Kid Walt Cassidy's Next Act", Architectural Digest, January 16, 2018
Sheila Flynn, "The Club Kids". Daily Mail, September 4, 2017
Stefano Guerrini, "Walt Cassidy", Cosmopolitan Italy, April 27, 2017
Nicola Wylie, "The Mind of Creative Inspiration", Alumind, April 14, 2017
Alison S. Cohn, "It Takes Two", ELLE, December 2015
Lynn Yeager, "Walt Cassidy: Natural Instinct", Vogue, June 2015
Walt Cassidy, “Historic Fiction: Life Inside The Club Kids”, Candy Magazine #8, December 2014
Kembra Pfahler, “Interview - Walt Cassidy:Performance Art 101 Part I &II”, Know-Wave Radio, Dec. 2014
Honey Redmond, "Club Kid Turned Modern Day Shaman", Style.com, September 19, 2014.
Justin Fulton, "In The House: Walt Cassidy", OAK Blog, August 2014.
James Nichols, “After Dark: Meet Walt Cassidy, Artist...”, The Huffington Post, May 31, 2014.
Alice Butler, “Work-Out” - An Interview With Walt Cassidy, Koenig Magazine, 2014
Juliana Huxtable, "The Blossoming Cage", BARON #3 Magazine, 2014
Paradigm Volume 1, 2014
WarpTV/Art Brut, “Walt Cassidy”, Art Brut series, Televised Artist Profile
Ernie Glam and Alexis Dibasio, FABULOUSITY, Wildlife Press, 2013
Katherine K. Zarrella, “Quality Control”, BON Magazine, Stockholm, August/Winter 2013
Jake Shears, “Meet Waltpaper, Meet Walt Cassidy”, BUFFALO zine #2, 2013
Lorenzo Martone, “Art Basel Miami”, Fashion Week Daily, 2012
Lisa Anastos, “Dear Daily! Live From Art Basel Miami Beach, Fashion Week Daily, 2012
Victor P. Corona, “Walt Cassidy”, VITRINE Magazine, Summer 2012
Joseph Akel, “The Displaced Person”, ARTFORUM, January 2012
Kathleen Massara, “The Displaced Person”, Huffington Post, January 2012
Doug McClemont, “Top Ten Shows in New York”, Saatchi Online, January 2012
Beth Citron, Critic’s Pick, ARTFORUM, April 2010
Christopher Bollen, “The Magic of Walt Cassidy”, Interview Magazine, March 2010
Alex Gartenfeld, “The Interpretation of Dreams”, Interview Magazine, April 2010
Jack Pierson, “Diary”, Whitewall Magazine, Summer 2008
Club Kids, Black Dog Pubishing Limited, London, 2008
John E. Mitchell, “Following the Ritual”, North Adams Transcript, May 2007
Interface: Queer Artists Forming Communities Through Social Media, curated by Walt Cessna, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York.
The Botanica, curated by AA Bronson and Michael Bühler-Rose, Invisible Exports, New York
Trip The Light Fantastic, curated by Natalie Kates Projects, High Line Gallery, New York.
Walt Cassidy - The Nervous Peal Collection, Jewelry Pop Up, ODD., New York
ARTCORE, Galerie Melilli Manchinetti, Berlin
Drawing Down The Moon, curated by Andrew Suggs, VOX POPULI, Philadelphia, PA
Devil’s Heaven, The Watermill Center, Watermill NY
Bufffalo #2 ,The Opening, Madrid, Paris, Tokyo, London
The Wishing Well, Galeria Melissa, New York, NY
I Killed My Father, I Ate Human Flesh: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY
NADA Art Fair Miami, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, Booth 305, Miami FL
BANZAI!!!, The Red Lotus Room, Brooklyn NY
The Displaced Person, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York, NY
The Unseen, The Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance, CA
Summer Camp / Lost Horizon, curated by Billy Miller, This Is Exile, Berlin, Germany
The Protective Motif, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York, NY
Closed For Installation, 303 Gallery, New York, NY
The Believers, curated by Elizabeth Thomas and Nato Thompson, MASS MOCA, North Adams, MA
Womanizer, curated by Kembra Pfahler, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Gay Art Now, curated by Jack Pierson, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Male Multiple, curated by Desi Santiago, Stay Gold Gallery, Brooklyn, NY