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New Exhibit to Open at Monthaven in May

The free exhibit, 'Mark Kostabi: Prococatuear & Healer' runs May 1 - June 5, 2022.

Mark Kostabi: Prococatuear & Healer features 42 paintings, all created in the 21st century, by the internationally recognized artist who was one of the key players in New York’s East Village Scene of the 1980s.

The free exhibit will be on view at the Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center starting May 1 through June 5, 2022. Located at 1017 Antebellum Cir in Hendersonville, gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.

Mark Kostabi - Arte for Life

More About Mark Kostabi: Prococatuear & Healer

Executed mostly in bright and sometimes psychedelic colors, Kostabi’s paintings possess an aesthetic sensibility that reflects the high-tech domination of the 21st century.

As a young artist, Kostabi took his cues from Andy Warhol, whose “Factory” was a prototype for making art according to a business model. Early on, Kostabi developed a practice of employing a team of creative thinkers and skilled technicians to assist him in the production of his art. Interested in getting feedback from potential audiences about “what to paint,” Kostabi conducted market research by showing his sketches around, inviting comments and suggestions about his imagery and ideas. This led to building his own style or “brand,” which consists of faceless figures who engage in allegorical or metaphorical narratives.

In 1988 he expanded his enterprising approach by founding a production facility, known as “Kostabi World.” More recently, he developed a TV game show where participants title his paintings. In the current exhibition, Kostabi’s anonymous figures are placed in situations that invite viewers to reflect upon a wide range of topics, including art history, the art market, music, the environment, politics, technology, recreation, spirituality, and love. The works also explore human attributes such as isolation, desire, alienation, greed, and faith.

For more information, visit the Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center website here.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.