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 celebrated works by photographers whose candid observations of art world personalities captured 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 80s, 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, Anton 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. Eric Kroll worked as a photojournalist for The New York Times, Vogue 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 twelve years, Bob 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 Michael 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 Burt 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 Tseng Kwong Chi depict New York’s downtown art scene through the 1980s, including thousands of images of the late Keith Haring.