Mark Kostabi is a legend and the most prolific of visual artists. His distinct signature work has graced several products, various projects and at some point you’ve seen it. AF got an invite for a taping of his weekly TV show and we trekked the gallery lined streets of Chelsea to go up the studio of Kostabi World. It is the quintessential New York art night where we were welcomed by Mark himself as he entertained guests with a candle lit dinner spread and drinks before taping right smack in the middle of his studio. First you entered into a proper gallery space with the distinct Kostabi works and then you stepped into his studio with canvasses lined up in shelves, works in progress, stacks of his books, and the dynamic energy of a working artist studio – which is a rare treat for art lovers. On one side is where the show is staged for what else – The Kostabi Show: Title This. This weekly cable show produced by the artist is an entertaining format where your art knowledge grows as noted art critics/writers and celebrities compete to title his paintings for cash awards. It is a rare occasion to witness such type of art night or as they call them – a happening probably in the brilliant orchestration of Mark Kostabi. Art is immersive and should seep into your pores if you’d want to. New York is the place for it bar none and artists like Kostabi will continue to make it lively, unique and distinctly memorable. For the AF crew, we look forward to more art adventures and knowledge to enrich our revered art night. It’s our church and Mark Kostabi is one of its high ranking Cardinals.
To learn more about the artist and his work: visit Kostabi World.
text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
photography by: Max Noy