New Abrams Book: AREA nightclub was a favorite of New York’s downtown art scene’s biggest names including Basquiat, Keith Haring, Warhol, and Arman 30 years ago.
The fabled nightclub opened its doors in September 1983 and virtually overnight it became the nexus of the downtown scene in New York City. It was the place where people went to see and be seen. It was the brainchild of four young guys from California—Eric Goode, Shawn Hausman, Christopher Goode and Darius Azari. Their vision was to create an art project on a monumental scale. Every five or six weeks they gutted the enormous space at 157 Hudson Street and transformed it into a spectacularly realized theme: Suburbia, Natural History, Gnarly, Art and Fashion, to name a few.
This weekend, Abrams is releasing a 387-page book detailing the nightclub’s infamous history between 1983 and 1987. The Hole‘s week-long exhibit presents the art and concepts that made the club, including works created for AREA by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barbra Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Leroy Neiman, Larry Rivers, Maripol, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, and many more, alongside rare and new works inspired by the club from artists including Tom Sachs, Steve Powers, Todd James, Misaki Kawai and Ben Jones.
Jeffrey Deitch, the former director of MOCA, joins Kathy Grayson of The Hole to curate his first New York show in five years. “AREA was both a vital part of its time and way ahead of its time in its experiential approach to art and its integration of art, music, fashion and performance,” he says.
… and the Bowery Hotel will be hosting a dance party after the opening.
November 6-10, 2013