Blondie Exhibition Curated by Jeffrey Deitch Opens Last Night with Star-Studded Reception at Hotel Chelsea Storefront Gallery
Launching In Conjunction with Chris Stein’s Photo Book “Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk,” Out Today on Rizzoli
Exhibit Is Free & Open To The Public from 1-8pm Daily
September 23rd – September 29th
222 West 23rd Street
(New York, NY – September 23, 2014) In celebration of Blondie’s 40th Anniversary and the release of Chris Stein’s photo book “Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk,” last night marked the star-studded launch of a one-of-a-kind exhibition curated by art dealer and advisor Jeffrey Deitch at the Hotel Chelsea Storefront Gallery. Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein were all on hand to celebrate the exhibit’s opening amongst celebrities and notable friends. Joining them were Sting, Trudie Styler, Jeffrey Deitch, Chris Botti, Paul Haggis, Cary Fukunaga, Scott Silver, Joel Kinnaman, Chris Benz and many of the exhibit’s photographers including Bob Gruen, Bobby Grossman, Roberta Bayley and David Godlis. Guests sipped on cocktails and mingled in the colorful gallery space observing the incredible works as the punk-rock, downtown energy buzzed on late into the night. The legendary Hotel Chelsea has been home to generations of writers, artists, musicians, and bohemians and Chelsea Hotels is continuing the dedication to its history and support of the arts through this exhibition. The evening was sponsored by MAC, Ray-Ban, Mudhoney Salon and Absolut. To download photos from the evening, PRESS HERE.
Free and open to the public from 1-8pm daily September 23rd to September 29th at the Hotel Chelsea Storefront Gallery (222 West 23rd Street), the exhibit prominently features captivating works by Roberta Bayley, David Godlis, Bobby Grossman, Bob Gruen, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mick Rock, Blondie’s own Chris Stein and more. It is a thrilling walk through Blondie’s 40-year history, incorporating rare and iconic photographs, ephemera/memorabilia from the band, fan art as well as video.
The exhibit at the Hotel Chelsea Storefront Gallery has launched in conjunction with today’s release of a beautiful and unique coffee-table book of photography and anecdotes by Blondie co-founder and acclaimed photographer, Chris Stein. Titled “Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk,” the book (published by Rizzoli, out September 23rd) offers a revealing look back at one of the most influential bands of our time and also provides a look at the larger historical and global context of the music scene that they pioneered. Many well-known shots and never-before-seen photographs of early live performances, private moments on tour and at home, the band’s world travels, and Stein’s personal favorites are showcased, including his friendships and interactions with some of music and art’s most seminal figures including The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, Joan Jett and many more. Filled with anecdotes and memories direct from Stein, and contributions from Debbie Harry and Glenn O’Brien, “Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk” is a visual feast for Blondie fans captured intimately and inimitably through the insider lens of Chris Stein, and a pop music history lesson. The book also powerfully captures the special relationship between Chris and Debbie Harry, one of the most enduring creative partnerships in pop music. PRESS HERE to order the book via Amazon, or PRESS HERE to order the book via Barnes & Noble.
On September 29th, Chris Stein will be at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan (97 Warren Street) from 6-9pm for a Q&A and book signing.
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