This Thursday, John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is hosting an exhibit of works by artist Walter Steding. “King of the Poppies” features a collection of the artist’s paintings and drawings from the past 15 years. Steding was once a painting assistant to Andy Warhol, who helped the young artist cultivate a musical career that included opening up at CBGB’s for upcoming bands like The Ramones and Blondie. He developed a Pop-sensible, still life and portrait style of work that makes for some pretty interesting works of wonderment or as the art speak heavy press release describes it:
“While taking pains to depict his subjects realistically, he is concerned primarily with presenting the unseen world, or the world of â€œnon-beingâ€. Perhaps this is why many of his portrait subjects are transformed into more abstract versions of themselves which appear, also, to acquire some of the artistâ€™s own physiognomy.”
You get all that? The show runs from July 17th – August 14th. More info here, and examples of his style of work below, including a portrait of the the man who helped give him his 15 minutes and more.