Monday, October 1, 2007

Name that painting: the work of Mark Kostabi.


"Mark Kalev Kostabi is an American artist and composer. He was born in Los Angeles in 1960 to Estonian immigrants, and raised in Whittier, California and is the older brother of musician and artist Paul Kostabi.

Kostabi studied drawing and painting at California State University, Fullerton. In 1982 he moved to New York City and by 1984 he became a leading figure of the East Village art scene. During that time he also developed a provocative media persona by publishing self-interviews which commented on the commodification of contemporary art. By 1987 his works were widely exhibited in New York galleries and prominently throughout the United States, in Japan, Germany and Australia. In 1988, inspiring extensive international press coverage, he founded Kostabi World - his large New York studio known for openly employing numerous painting assistants and idea people.

Kostabi produces a weekly cable TV show, Name That Painting, where art critics and celebrities compete to title his paintings for cash awards. In 2005 and 2006 among the participants were May Pang, Lala Brooks, Michel Gondry. Name That Painting also features guest appearances by bands such as The Willowz."

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