Artist Mark Kostabi To Make Rare Appearance At Martin Lawrence Gallery
NEW ORLEANS – Martin Lawrence Galleries, New Orleans invites locals and Jazz Fest visitors to discover the bold artistry of contemporary master Mark Kostabi on Saturday, April 29, at 433 Royal St., from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Attendees will enjoy a rare chance to meet the artist, learn the symbolism behind his distinctive style and acquire original works.
There will be entertainment and complimentary refreshments during the evening.
Artist and composer Kostabi was born in Los Angeles in 1960 to Estonian immigrants. He was raised in Whittier, California and studied drawing and painting at California State University, Fullerton. In 1982 he moved to New York and by 1984 he became a leading figure of the East Village art scene. During that time he also developed a provocative media persona by publishing self-interviews, which commented on the commodification of contemporary art. In 1988, inspiring extensive international press coverage, he founded Kostabi World—his large New York studio.
In the 1990’s his works were widely exhibited in New York galleries and prominently throughout the United States, in Japan, Germany and Australia. For the past ten years he has been dividing his time between New York and Rome and consequently his work's already strong presence in the Italian art scene has been greatly enhanced.
Founded in 1975, Martin Lawrence Galleries, New Orleans offers exclusive limited edition and original works by renowned contemporary artists making art affordable for all levels of collectors, gallery reps said. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the gallery is open to the public seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
With nearly 250 pieces on loan to over 33 museums worldwide over two decades, the Martin Lawrence collection has earned an impressive reputation over the past 40 years, reps said. The gallery is renowned for showcasing 20th century masters and 21st century stars, the rare and the sublime; from Andy Warhol to Picasso.
The gallery is also home to the sculptures of Erté, the father of Art Deco.
Kostabi’s exhibit runs through May.
RSVPs are requested by not required for the Saturday, April 29, event.