Our first post-Sandy art excursion turned out to be the party of the week, as modern/contemporary painter Mark Kostabi debuted a series of colorful new works at the Martin Lawrence Galleries in Soho. The red wine flowed freely (more about that later) last evening, as the gallery quickly filled with friends and fans of Kostabi, all excited to see the artist’s latest series of visually engaging paintings done in his signature style.
Geoffrey and I had a blast looking at all of Mark’s awesome art, chatting with Mark (who is quite generous with sharing his opinion that the Two G’s are the “Best Bloggers in New York” – which, true) meeting new art lovers and getting drunk for free.
Here are some photos I took last night with my new iPad!
Looking at the painting above, one fan was overheard commenting that it would be “really cool” if Kostabi would “Paint some faceless dogs playing poker,” which I thought was hilarious, but, Mark, if you are reading this review, how about it?
As an aside: I love how in this painting Mark references both art icons Piet Mondrian and The Guggenheim Museum, because that is how he rolls.
This is a picture I took of my spilled wine after I put it down on the floor so I could take a picture of the statue below, and Geoffrey kicked it over. Fortunately, the gallery employees were not angry, and no art was harmed in the spill.
I think I would also have a headache if little men, or “baby men,” whatever, were crawling all over me.
In this painting of a couple dancing, you can see Mark’s obvious stylistic references to Andy Warhol, who rules.
I believe it is safe to guess that this work was influenced by the late, great Keith Herring.
I wish my ass looked that good.
There is not much that I do not love about this painting.
Martin Lawrence Galleries is located in Soho at 457 West Broadway (just south of Houston) in NYC.