NEW YORK IN THE 80s
JULY 10 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2008
Private View, July 10 6-8 PM
Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present Totally Rad: New York in the
80s, an exhibition of major paintings, sculptures and works on paper
that characterize a decade when New York was the center of a new art
In June of 1980, Collaborative Projects organized the Times Square
Show, held in a former bus depot and massage parlor, allowing artists
like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Julian Schnabel to exhibit work in the
newly-revived city. Institutional support followed from P.S.1 with New
York/New Wave, which galvanized the careers of young talent in an
unprecedented fashion. Fueled by an influx of wealth and an opulence of
spending, the art world became a scene unto itself—in the words of
Steven Hager, "underground ideas became marketable commodities, blatant
careerism was in fashion, and young painters were rapidly replacing
rock stars at the forefront of youth culture."
Several major, large-scale works from this era will be on view at 293
Tenth Avenue, including Kenny Scharf's Agua Pollination. In Scharf's
visual language, the two figures, Wilma and Fred Flinstone, "are
fertilizing, pollinating." While thoughts of reproduction permeated his
works as the birth of his daughter neared, the painting also embodies
Scharf's interest in utility – art being more than a two-dimensional
object to be observed, evidenced as the painting continues beyond the
canvas. Agua Pollination is juxtaposed with works such as Frank
Stella's Talledega. Stella emerged in the 1950s with his minimalist,
black canvases. Talledega marks a departure from his earlier work, as
he embraces spectrums of color and curvilinear forms – consistent with
the spirit of 80s exuberance and splendor.
Artists included in this exhibition are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Peter Halley, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Annette Lemieux, Allan McCollum, Robert Longo, David Salle,
Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Haim Steinbach, Frank
Stella, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz.
For additional information please contact Tayo Ogunbiyi, firstname.lastname@example.org.