Photos by G. Art by Mark Kostabi.
If you ever get the chance to go to Kostabi World in New York, it’s an experience I cannot recommend highly enough. Mark Kostabi is known for treating his guests like royalty and May 31, 2012 was no exception. Mark’s life is extraordinary and his art career has afforded him the luxury of living half the year in Italy and the other half in New York. Prior to Mark’s upcoming departure for Italy, he threw a Bon Voyage party that included a concert by his jazz quartet, which features his brother Paul Kostabi on guitar.
They played selections from the 2011 album “The Spectre of Modernism” and if you don’t have that album, it’s essential listening, according2g. It’s a great late night or early morning album as the music is very ethereal.
At the Soundboard at Kostabi World
I chatted with Mark Kostabi after the set and he mentioned that they’ll be playing some shows in outdoor amphitheaters in Italy this summer. The music coupled with the atmosphere of summer in Italy are going to be mind-blowing, so if you are in the area, do not miss these shows at any cost! In addition, he has an upcoming international art exhibit featuring collaborations with Paul Kostabi.
Bon Voyage Mark and thanks again for being one of the coolest people on the planet!
You can see the set list after the jump.
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Photo by Tres.
G with Mark Kostabi
In 2011, I was extremely blessed to meet so many talented people in the world of the arts. One of the coolest people I was fortunate enough to meet this year was artist Mark Kostabi. I’d been a fan of his work for a long time and our places of birth are in the same state – California. It took living in New York to get the chance to meet Mark and the bond we formed has been a true highlight of my year. Aside from the fact that Mark Kostabi is a very talented artist, he is also an accomplished composer, game show host (yes, that’s right!), and has been the subject of many fascinating documentaries. His uncompromising position about telling the truth in the art world is nothing short of inspiring. He’s done it his way and while that has resulted in many career ups and downs, he currently lives a fabulous jet setting life in both Europe and the United States!
Speaking with Mark is a pleasure as he is so knowledgable about art. By the end of a conversation with him, your brain jots down mental notes of artists to research and if you do the work, you’ll tremendously expand your artistic vocabulary. I am so grateful that Mark Kostabi has made me feel so welcome in his Chelsea studio, Kostabi World, which is filled from ceiling to floor with his great art. I’ve had the pleasure to visit Kostabi World several times this year and I really look forward to spending more time there in 2012.
During a visit earlier in 2011, Mark signed one of his coffee table books for me with such a beautiful message, it is one of my most prized possessions (and coming from me, that is saying a lot!) You must see the film “Con Artist” which is a great document of a great man – According2g’s 2011 Man of the Year – Mark Kostabi.
Thanks Mark! Words can’t even express how grateful I am! If you don’t know the work and life of Mark Kostabi, I encourage you to change that right now and I hope your life will be as enriched by his work as mine is.
Photo by G.
The other night, artist and composer Mark Kostabi played a free concert at his very own Kostabi World in New York. The show was in celebration of the release of The Mark Kostabi Group’s latest album “The Spectre of Modernism.” The band is now offering the entire show for free! Head over to this link and download the 6 track show! If you listen closely, you might even be able to hear me cheering in between songs.
The tracklist is:
Silence of Spoleto / Distant Past / 1000 Kites / Lonely Woman / Raining In Rome / 8 Ball Nation
Photos by G (except where noted). Art by Mark Kostabi.
The Kostabi Show
I wrapped up “Kostabi Week” by attending a taping of “The Kostabi Show” on May 20, 2011. If you’ll recall, I met artist Mark Kostabi for the first time earlier this week. I had a really great encounter meeting him. I was subsequently invited to Kostabi World the next night to watch Kostabi’s band perform an intimate warm up gig for a show at Iridium Jazz Club on May 26, 2011. It was a night so fantastic, it literally defines the reason I live in New York. Of course you should quit when you are ahead when it comes to these things, but I think by now, you’ve figured out that I have a very serious addiction – to having fun! Upon the personal invitation from Mark to attend a taping of his cable TV program, “The Kostabi Show,” there was no way I’d miss it!
Once again, from the second you set foot in Kostabi World, you instantly feel welcome and you immediately go into sensory overload as there are works from Kostabi everywhere! Towards the back of the very large studio space is the set where “The Kostabi Show” is filmed. If you’ve never seen it before, the format is simple: Mark Kostabi is the host and he shows his latest untitled works to 3 panelists. They each come up with titles for the works and the audience votes on the best title. The winner gets a cash prize. In between segments, the audience is treated to a live performance by Kostabi’s band (featuring Mark on piano). The show wraps up with Mark Kostabi giving away a stack of dollar bills to the audience which are blown into the air by a fan in the shape of a cash register (see green paddle below), a motif that reoccurs in Kostabi’s work. Whoever can grab that dough gets to take it home with them.
Vote Red for No, Green for Yes
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Photos by G (except where noted). All art by Mark Kostabi.
Last night, I had the great fortune of meeting artist Mark Kostabi. When we spoke, he mentioned that he’d be playing a free gig tonight at his own Kostabi World studio in Chelsea. The gig was a warm up for a show that he and his band, The Mark Kostabi Group are playing at Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan on May 26, 2011. What follows next is the story of an evening of epic proportions. The night is May 18, 2011. It’s pouring rain. I started off my evening with an extremely negative encounter meeting RuPaul at an in-store appearance. More to come on that story, so stay tuned. Undaunted by the night’s events and the terrible weather, I made it to Kostabi World (located at 514 West 24th Street) at the stroke of 8 pm when The Mark Kostabi Group began playing. Kostabi World, if you’ve never been inside, is amazing. It’s filled with Mark Kostabi’s art and there are paintings, paint supplies and books everywhere, yet all organized in an extremely creative and inviting environment.
Inside Kostabi World!
Towards the back of the studio space, you find the set where Mark Kostabi’s TV Show, The Kostabi Show is filmed. The band played there in front of an intimate crowd of around 100 people with dark lighting to get the audience in the mood for some great music. Right before the set, an announcement was made that we were encouraged to hang out at Kostabi World after the show was over for food and drinks. To thank us all for coming, we were all given a free CD of The Mark Kostabi Group’s new album “The Spectre of Modernism” which has just been released!
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