NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — An art exhibit opened at the Hotel Chelsea Storefront Gallery in New York on Sept. 22nd, featuring works by Roberta Bayley, David Godlis, Bobby Grossman, Bob Gruen, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mick Rock, Blondie’s own Chris Stein and more.
Timed to coincide with Blondie’s 40th Anniversary the exhibit was curated by art dealer and advisor Jeffrey Deitch. On hand for the opening were Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, as well as 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.
The exhibit also dovetails with the release of a coffee-table book of photography and anecdotes by Blondie co-founder and photographer, Chris Stein.
Titled “Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk,” the book (published by Rizzoli, out September 23rd) offers a look back at one of the most influential bands of the past 40 years. The book includes 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. Staff Writers