Photos by G. Art 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.