Basquiat. Warhol. Haring. The characters of New York from East Village to SoHo in the 1980s are captured by photographer Paige Powell and featured in a limited-edition book series published by Dashwood and supported by Gucci.
Available at Gucci Wooster Bookstore, the books are a lens on the city in what turned out to be a defining time for culture and art.
“I moved to New York. Wanting to do something that was indigenous to the city, I arrived with the mission to work either for Woody Allen or at Interview magazine,” explained Paige Powell who moved from Oregon to New York in the 80s and soon became a fixture in the downtown art scene. A close confidante of Andy Warhol and a member of his inner circle—including the likes of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, whom she dated—Paige Powell photographed the everyday that surrounded her—moments of art, culture and nightlife.
Art-directed by Nathaniel Kilcer and edited by Kim Hastreiter, the series explores three subjects: ‘Beulah Land,’ a visual diary installation that Paige created in 1984 for an art space, bar and lounge called Beulah Land in the East Village; ‘Animals,’ a theme close to Paige’s heart as an animal activist and ‘Artists Eating,’ a subject that Paige documented extensively. The series also includes ‘Paige Powell,’ an accompanying book about the photographer and her life.
In celebration of the book set’s debut, Paige Powell will take over the Gucci ArtWalls in New York and London with a Polaroid of Andy Warhol exposed three separate times.
Additionally, the photographer and artist will recreate her original 1984 installation from Beulah Land in the East Village at Gucci Wooster.
The limited-edition book set is available at Gucci Wooster Bookstore, Gucci Garden in Florence and through Dashwood Books.