Designer of album covers for Guns ‘N’ Roses and The Ramones , numerous products for Swatch, Alessie and Rosenthal, paintings in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and Brooklyn Museums and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the brilliance and versatility of artist Mark Kosatbi is being shown for the first time in South Florida when “ErotiKostabi,” 20 original oils on canvas created especially for this exhibit, at Naomi Wilzig’s World Erotic Art Museum.
Anticipating the upcoming excitement that is the world of Art Basel, the works of Los Angeles-born Kostabi are a perfect fit for the ingenuity of a multi-gifted artist who challenged the world. Coming into his own from drawing and painting studies at California State University to become a major mover in the late ‘80s West Village art scene, Kostabi’s provocative paintings were further enhanced by a persona which was to land him international press coverage when he founded Kostabi World, his Manhattan art studio, and not too long after, his move to Rome as a major presence in the Italian art scene.
A persona that was extravagantly broad in his artistic interests, Kostabi emerged as a TV producer, an advice columnist for artists, a sought-after designer of album covers and as collaborator with such other artists as Arman, Enzo Cucchi, and Tandori Yokoo. As a musician, Kostabi performed as soloist and in concert with such contemporary giants as Ornette Coleman. As composer, his compositions were performed by Maano Manni, Kristjan Jarvi, and the Estonian National Symphony.
The subject of numerous documentary films, most notably “Bottom Line: The Kostabi Phenomenon” directed by Peter Bach, Kostabi has a prominent role in the Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Art of Failure: Chuck Connely Not for Sale” directed by Jeff Stimmel. “Con Artist, a particularly candid look into a crappy life where he frequently went outside his circle to sell his paintings, also well known to followers is“Full Circle: The Kostabi Story” directed by Sabrina Digregorio for Atena Films which premiered at New York’s Anthology Films Archives and at Domus Talenti in Rome.
Profiled on “60 Minutes,” “Eye to Eye” with Connie Chung, “A Current Affair,” “Nightwatch” with Charlie Rose and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In print, among many others, Kostabi has been featured in The New York Times, People, Architectural Digest, Forbes, and New York Magazine.
With his work in over 50 permanent museum collections, Kostabi’s permanent public works include a mural in Palazzo dei Priori in Arezzo, Italy, a large bronze sculpture in the central square of San Benedetto del Tronto, Iraly, and a bronze portrait of Pope John Paul in Velletri, Italy.
The exhibit runs through April 30.
The World Erotic Art Museum is located at 1205 Washington Avenue. Open Monday-Thursday 11 A.M.-10 P.M., Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 A.M. to Midnight. Tickets are $15. No one under 18 admitted. Further information is available by calling 305-532-9336, or via www.weam.com.