ART GALLERY

Frevo presents “Basquiat – A Portrait,” an exhibition by New York photographer Richard Corman.

A limited-edition series of rarely seen portraits of Basquiat were taken in 1984 at the artist studio on 57 Great Jones Street, a former stable owned by friend and mentor Andy Warhol.

“When I walked into the artist’s loft, I was engulfed by a wave of creative confusion. The room was a swirl of people, paint, canvas, color, and smoke. Off in the corner was Basquiat submerged and almost invisible. My initial instinct was to remove him from all the distractions and place him in front of a thin four-foot wall of grey seamless paper. I wanted to see behind his eyes and allow him to tell the most elemental part of his story – the human spirit behind the art. It is tempting to second guess my decision that day at 57 Great Jones Street, but I was interested in a simple portrait of a complicated genius. I hope the viewer of this work sees his vulnerability that I experienced 37 years ago at 57 Great Jones St” shared Corman.

Corman’s images focus on capturing the natural beauty of the human spirit behind the art. Nearly all his photographs, especially portraits, present the essence of human endeavor in a simplistic way. Corman has worked with numerous other notable subjects, including Nelson Mandela, Meryl Streep, Muhammad Ali, Madonna, Sting, and more. With each of these portraits, Corman captures an essential image of great spirits and incredible talent.

Tuesday-Saturday 6 PM – 10 PM (or by appointment)

December 2021 – February  2022

CATALOGUE

ART GALLERY

Frevo presents “Basquiat – A Portrait,” an exhibition by New York photographer Richard Corman.

A limited-edition series of rarely seen portraits of Basquiat were taken in 1984 at the artist studio on 57 Great Jones Street, a former stable owned by friend and mentor Andy Warhol.

“When I walked into the artist’s loft, I was engulfed by a wave of creative confusion. The room was a swirl of people, paint, canvas, color, and smoke. Off in the corner was Basquiat submerged and almost invisible. My initial instinct was to remove him from all the distractions and place him in front of a thin four-foot wall of grey seamless paper. I wanted to see behind his eyes and allow him to tell the most elemental part of his story – the human spirit behind the art. It is tempting to second guess my decision that day at 57 Great Jones Street, but I was interested in a simple portrait of a complicated genius. I hope the viewer of this work sees his vulnerability that I experienced 37 years ago at 57 Great Jones St” shared Corman.

Corman’s images focus on capturing the natural beauty of the human spirit behind the art. Nearly all his photographs, especially portraits, present the essence of human endeavor in a simplistic way. Corman has worked with numerous other notable subjects, including Nelson Mandela, Meryl Streep, Muhammad Ali, Madonna, Sting, and more. With each of these portraits, Corman captures an essential image of great spirits and incredible talent.

Tuesday-Saturday 6 PM – 10 PM (or by appointment)

December 2021 – February  2022

CATALOGUE