- c/o The Maidstone
is pleased to present a group exhibition of historic photographs titled "I'm an Artist Living in New York." Organized by East End gallerist and curator Eric Firestone
, the exhibition celebrates works by photographers whose candid observations of art world personalities capture the genesis of New York City
as a cultural capital
, overall wonderland of celebrity excess and boundary breaking. Photographers include Tseng Kwong Chi
, Bob Colacello
, Burt Glinn
, Michael Halsband
, Eric Kroll
and Anton Perich
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the famed and the infamous flocked to New York for its heady social life at venues like Studio 54
, Max's Kansas City, and Andy Warhol
's Factory. The artist, filmmaker and photographer, Perich captured hundreds of screen idols, art world and social royalty first during his tenure as a busboy at the legendary Max's and later, as a photographer for Andy Warhol's Interview
magazine. Kroll worked as a photojournalist for The New York Times
and Der Spiegel
in the 1970s and chronicled a New York art world that included Dan Flavin
, Robert Wilson
, Vito Acconci
and Mike Bidlo
at work and at play.
As editor of Interview
magazine for 12 years, Colacello's writing career catapulted him to the center of the life and work of Andy Warhol
, as well as the broader art worlds in New York and around the globe. Along the way, he amassed a stunning portfolio of images showcasing his prime inside access to the top creative talent of the era. New York native Halsband started photographing everything around him while still a student at the School of Visual Arts. Since then, he has created iconic portraits that include the famed image of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat
both wearing boxing gloves. The acclaimed photographer Glinn received numerous awards in his lifetime
for photographic essays on personalities in world politics and the arts. Works by the late artist and photographer Chi depict New York's downtown art scene through the 1980s, including thousands of images of the late Keith Haring
Firestone brings his unique aesthetic to c/o The Maidstone, selecting both classic portraits and casual snap shots to rub shoulders on the walls of the hotel's Living Room restaurant, Cozy Lounge, and Lexington Bar areas. Firestone's vivid perspective, curatorial eye, and depth of knowledge of New York culture in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s is sure to ignite lively conversations, reminiscences and bar room banter among visitors. According the hotel's proud owner Jenny Ljungberg
, "Eric's gallery is a cultural anchor here in East Hampton and this show is a perfect fit for c/o The Maidstone's focus on photography and our embrace of the artistic heritage of New York and the East End."
Purchased in 2008 by Sweden's c/o Hotels and with 19 newly renovated rooms, c/o The Maidstone hotel is tailored to people who appreciate sophisticated design with great food and wine. The hotel's restaurant, The Living Room, and its Cozy Lounge have become standard bearers for the slow food movement enhanced by one of the East End's more substantial wine cellars.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information on c/o The Maidstone call 631-324-5006.
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