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About the WorkA man of many talents, Mark Kostabi is best known for his paintings of faceless mannequin-like figures. He always depicts the subjects as faceless; He believes this ambiguous quality bestows a universal language into his work that is free of racial limitations and gives an unbiased reflection of society’s fear of individuality.
“The New Vanity” is a social commentary for people who need to learn how to live in the moment and appreciate the relationships around them. In this work, a couple though amorously embraced, are more transfixed on their cell phones than the loving moment they are currently sharing together in-person. The New Vanity” is a 44 x 30.5 – inch mixed media on paper created in 2017.
About the Artist
Artist and composer Mark Kostabi was born in Los Angeles, in 1960 to an Estonian immigrant family. He studied traditional mediums, such as drawing and painting, at California State University in Fullerton. In 1982, he moved to New York City and by 1984 became a leading figure of the East Village art scene, which included artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Basquiat, and others. Throughout his art career, he has cultivated a provocative media persona by publishing self-interviews. In 1988, he founded Kostabi World – a large New York studio known for openly employing numerous painting assistants and ‘idea people’ to produce artwork. Today, Mark Kostabi’s work is displayed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) the Guggenheim Musem, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Groninger Museum in Holland. The Mitsukoshi Museum in Tokyo has held a 100 painting retrospective of his work, and he has had over 500 gallery exhibitions worldwide. Kostabi has appeared on every major network talk show since the 1980s, including Oprah. He has also worked on album covers for musical icons the Guns N’Roses and Ramones.