Photos, Videos and Words by G.
From Left to Right: Paul Kostabi, Tony Esposito, Mark Kostabi
On April 19, 2015, composer, painter, sculptor and all around good guy, Mark Kostabi hosted a Sunday morning jam session at Dillon Gallery in New York. The show was an unofficial warm up jam for his show with Kostabeat (featuring Tony Esposito) at The Cutting Room in New York on April 21, 2015 (Tickets are available at this link, which will open in a new window).
Art by Mark Kostabi
The vibe was electric for the event and art works by both Mark and Paul Kostabi were prominently featured throughout the gallery.
Sparkl by Paul Kostabi
Here’s a video of Kostabeat performing “Kalimba.” The band features Mark Kostabi, Paul Kostabi (from White Zombie), Mollie Israel (The Lost Patrol), Paul Nowinski (Les Paul, Keith Richards and Rickie Lee Jones), Tony Esposito and Keith LeBlanc (Annie Lennox and Seal).
Mark Kostabi April 2015
Watching Kostabeat could have been more than enough, but as a bonus, we were treated to a set by artist and musician Scott Putesky, who you might remember as Daisy Berkowitz from the classic line up of Marilyn Manson. He warmed us up with a cover of the Pixies’ “Wave of Mutilation.”
In addition to the great music, I got to sample a new and delicious cocktail that just launched called Maven, which is a wine infused vodka drink! It’s available in both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and it’s delicious!!!
And before the event was over, Mark & Paul Kostabi switched it up musically and sat in with the band Contact High. A video is below.
Thanks to Mark for the invite to this rare and intimate jam session!
If you liked what you saw here, make sure you see Kostabeat at the Cutting Room in New York on April 21, 2015. Tickets are available here (link will open in new window).
Photos by G. Art by Mark Kostabi.
Twister Sister by Mark Kostabi
New York! Make sure you head over to Martin Lawrence Galleries in SoHo to check out a new exhibit of works by Mark Kostabi entitled “The Poetry of Silence.” There is always so much going on in Kostabi’s works, you will find yourself discovering subtleties in his works which dramatically change the meanings of the painitings. For example, in the work above, the lady appears to be playing a game of Twister, but in fact, the board is a spot painting by Damien Hirst. It could make for a pretty expensive game!
Art by Mark Kostabi
Mark Kostabi’s art career has endured several decades and in fact he is more successful now than ever! An accomplished artist, he is also a musician and at the opening night reception for this exhibit, he treated us to a mini-concert with a 3-piece jazz band!
Mark Kostabi (seated at the keyboard)
If the breadth of Kostabi’s talent fascinates you, you will be blown away that there are dozens of coffee table books featuring his art and his life is also the subject of several documentaries. He is also one of the only people on the planet who can show with proof that he has a photo with (and in the same shot, no less) with Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat! Whoa!
Mark Kostabi posing in front of his epic photo with Warhol and Basquiat!
If you are not already super-impressed, Kostabi also hosts a game show at his studio Kostabi World in Manhattan where contestants compete for cash prizes to name his paintings.
Mark Kostabi 2014
From my experiences in the art world, I can say without a doubt that Kostabi ranks at the top of the list as a person you want to get to know. Not only has Kostabi “made it,” so to speak, but he has done so on his own terms and he is and extremely nice and generous to those in his inner circle. According to G, those are his greatest accomplishments because very few artists can honestly say the same thing. Well done, Mark!
Mark Kostabi 2014
Get to know Mark Kostabi at his exhibit “The Poetry of Silence” which is showing at Martin Lawrence Gallery (located at 457 West Broadway) in New York through the end of June 2014.
Photos by G. Art by Jeff Koons.
Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball”
Jeff Koons’ first exhibit of new work in New York in a decade opened last night, May 8, 2013 in the exhibit “Gazing Ball” at David Zwirner and it was quite a scene. His work often elicits a strong response and I heard the gamut of emotions last night at the opening night reception.
Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball”
The fact that Koons’ work gives people such a strong reaction is proof that his work is effective as it pushes the “art as a conversation” boundaries outwards. I overheard a lot of art critics (who shall not be named) not wanting to like it, but once inside the gallery, they couldn’t help but enjoy what they saw. And to those who didn’t give the work a chance and just hated on it for the sake of hatred, it was abundantly clear that those people are extremely jealous of Jeff Koons’ success.
Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball”
I am not one of those people who is jealous of Koons and in fact, I think that it’s so great that he has not let fame go to his head. He has just been dubbed the most successful US artist since Andy Warhol, and still he took the time at the opening to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans, and as you can imagine, he was pretty mobbed at times.
Mark Kostabi at Jeff Koons’ “Gazing Ball”
Many celebs and artists were at the opening including artist Mark Kostabi (pictured above), Ben Stiller, Salman Rushdie and art collector Peter Brant.
Have your own conversation about Koons’ latest exhibit “Gazing Ball” after viewing it at David Zwirner (located at 525 West 19th Street) through June 29, 2013.
Jeff Koons and Geoffrey Dicker 2013
Photos by G (except for the ones I am in). Art by Kenny Scharf.
Kenny Scharf – Kolors. Showing at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York through May 4, 2013
There are some nights in New York that get more epic by the second and the opening night reception for Kenny Scharf’s latest amazing exhibit “Kolors” at Paul Kasmin Gallery on April 4, 2013 was one of them.
Kolors by Kenny Scharf
First off, you have to wonder how in the world Will Ryman’s exhibit was removed from the same gallery space. See photos of that exhibit here (link will open in new window). But I digress… Seeing Kenny Scharf’s art is more than enough to make your night, but the opening for “Kolors” was so much more. Kenny is a donut enthusiast, so naturally, there were free donuts at the opening.
Kenny Scharf Eating a Donut
And of course, the donuts were served on golf cart featuring Kenny’s art.
Kenny Scharf – Kolors
But that’s not all! The guest list for “Kolors” included so many legends, the Paul Kasmin Gallery was bursting with creativity and inspiration.
Kenny Scharf and Fab 5 Freddy
Moments later, I found myself in a conversation with two of the most creative people I’ve ever encountered (and please know that I’ve been going out in the art and music scene nearly every night for over 20 years, so this speaks volumes!) – Joey Arias and Mark Kostabi!
Joey Arias, Mark Kostabi, Geoffrey Dicker
These final two photos are too heavy for words. All I can do is express my gratitude to Joey, Mark and Kenny for being such major inspirations in my life! THANK YOU!!!
Kenny Scharf and Geoffrey Dicker
Do not miss seeing “Kolors” by Kenny Scharf for any reason! “Kolors” is on display at Paul Kasmin Gallery (located at 515 West 27th Street) in New York through May 4, 2013.
Photos by G (except where noted).
If you can see this, you’ve survived the Mayan apocalypse. 2013 is here! I took a brief survey of some of According2g.com’s All-Stars in the fields of art, music and publishing to find out what their 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are. For those, like me that don’t make resolutions anymore, I asked them to tell us what they are looking forward to in 2013. Click on their name to be directed to their websites to learn more about these great minds. Thanks to everyone that participated and I hope 2013 exceeds your dreams, goals and visions!
Mark Kostabi in front of his art.
“I’m looking forward to a continuing Obama Presidency and an improving global economy due to less wasteful, more intelligent and focused behavior. I’m also looking forward to spring weather.” – Mark Kostabi, Artist.
Jill Jones (right) performing with Jeremy Gloff
“I am looking forward to being the bitch I always knew I could be and to just go rogue this year!” – Jill Jones, Singer
“My resolution is to let go of old grudges and start developing some new ones. For the new year, I’m looking forward to human rights, cultural enchantment, and social bliss, but I’m not looking forward to any action film sequels.” – Michael Musto, Writer
“1. I am looking forward to the rest of the country realizing that all people have the right to love who they want and to celebrate that relationship in marriage.
2. I am looking forward to the rest of the country realizing that Muslims are not to be feared and in fact they are just like us.
3. I am looking forward to alternative forms of health care that utilize what is already here on earth. We are cutting down the rain forests and yet there are a lot of plants that can benefit mankind.
4. I am looking forward to humans embracing nature in everything we do. I want advertisements (ie., car commercials where the car dominates nature) to embrace nature not destroy it. We need this planet more than it needs us and if we don’t embrace it and take care of it, it will get rid of us for it’s own survival.
As far as new years resolutions… those are hard because most people who make them don’t keep them and then they feel guilty. My New Year’s resolution is to be nice to nature and humans and to lead by example. My job is to make new things and to not copy others. I want people to celebrate the hand made and to value it over technology. I want people to start talking to each other again instead of texting. Let’s return to the real next year.” - Don Porcella, Artist, Musician, Coffee Maker
Kenny Scharf at the West Hollywood Library
“I’m looking forward to continuing health no matter what happens in 2013. If you’re not healthy and feeling good you can’t enjoy the good times or battle the bad. I’m having a show in late April of new sculptures and paintings at Paul Kasmin Gallery (in New York). Also I’m involved in a futures show at the Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama, which will include murals, installations and paintings, and a large outdoor mural in Santa Monica, California, as well as other fun and big stuff (more work) that I don’t want to announce just yet. Most of all, I hope the world makes the huge changes (wean off petroleum, for example) that need to take place in order for the children to inherit a better place!” – Kenny Scharf, Artist
“I am finalizing on designs for a t-shirt, cell phone cases, sticker sheets and the Summer 2013 Graphic Sunglasses! I’ll also be honing in on a location to paint my first public mural as well as my first public art show on my own in Manhattan. Some important first steps for the burgeoning artist – ALL of which G will be present and covering…i hope.” – TY, Artist
“I’m looking forward to making more stuff, being in New York more, traveling a little less and meeting more people – friends, neighbours, peers and pizzeria owners. My Visa will expire in 2013 so I need to make the most of being in America before I’m shipped off back to the UK. Cheers + happy holidays” – Jon Burgerman, Artist
Painting (and photo) by Ari Lankin
“My New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier” – Ari Lankin, Artist
“2012 was an amazing, special year. I wish 2013 will be a year of correction – we have to discover new things and understand that many things we like or want are not necessary any more. We have to wake up from some dreams and create a new one better and powerful one. I want to be surrounded with great people in a beautiful places that will bring me inspiration and magic always to touch other people’s hearts and minds. I want the summer to be longer and time to be slower.” – Nir Hod, Artist
“My Resolution for 2013 is to surpass my creative limits and to learn to speak fluent Spanish! Also, to have my project at the Bronx Museum (fall 2013) blow people’s minds! Hope to see lots more of you this coming year too!” – Scooter LaForge, Artist
Eric Eyeball Richardson
“My resolution for the New Year is less porn and more painting or is that backwards damn it!?!
Happy New Year’s, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa!” – Eric ‘Eyeball’ Richardson, Artist
Thanks again to everyone who participated and I hope 2013 exceeds your goals, dreams and visions!
What are you looking forward to in 2013? What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Tell us in the comments section and most importantly, HAPPY 2013!!!!