Blossoming passion

2020

Mark Kostabi

Mark Kalev Kostabi (b 1960) is an American artist and composer with Estonian roots. One can recognize his artworks thanks to the faceless people. The idea is to use universal language and leave characters free from any racial associations. Kostabi was born in Los Angeles and moved to New York in 1982, where he established Kostabi World in 1988, where his assistants executed his paintings. Kostabi used to have a TV show called “The Kostabi Show”, where well-known people competed to name his paintings. The artworks have made it to album covers such as Guns N´Roses albums Use Your Illusion I and II from 1991, in which case the artwork was based on Raphael´s 16th century “The School of Athens”. In the current artwork Kostabis lovers meet Andy Warhol “Flowers” series, which one could see in the first hall of the PoCo museum. Besides Warhol Kostabi has referred to 20th century masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali and Piet Mondrian in his oeuvre.

Mark Kalev Kostabi (s 1960) on Eesti juurtega Ameerika kunstnik ja helilooja. Tema teostele on iseloomulikud inimesed, kellel puuduvad näod. Idee seisneb univeraalse keele kasutamises ning tegelaste vabaks jätmisel igasuguste rassi seoste osas. Kostabi sündis Los Angeleses, 1982. aastal kolis ta New Yorki ning asutas seal 1988. aastal Kostabi Worldi, kus tema abilised tema maale teostavad. Kostabil oli Ameerika Ühendriikides oma saade “The Kostabi Show”, kus tuntud inimesed võistlesid Kostabi maalidele nimede panemisel. Kunstniku looming on ehtinud ka albumeid, näiteks nagu Guns Ń´Roses “Use Your Illusion I ja II” (1991), mis tugineb Raphaeli “Ateena koolil”. Antud teosel kohtuvad Kostabi armastajad Andy Warholi “Flowers” seeriaga, mida oli võimalik ka PoCo muuseumi esimeses saalis näha. Lisaks Warholile on Kostabi oma teostel viidanud ka 20. sajandi meistritele nagu Vincent van Gogh´le, Salvador Dalile ja Piet Mondrianile.