Artist: Mark Kostabi
Title: Applause Without Reason
Medium: Original Acrylic on Canvas Painting
Size: H: 72"; W: 48"
Inscription: Signed "Kostabi" and dated on green leg
Condition: Museum quality
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Mark Kostabi's original acrylic on canvas painting "Applause Without Reason" has all the trademarks of the artist's most famous work: the headless, mannequin like subject matter and the vibrant colors set against a dark, moody background. Painted by the artist in 1987, this piece recalls the best of the 80s styling with a timeless appeal that feels relevant and modern today. Kostabi is well known for his impressive use of shading that make his figures appear more life-like. Even with the strange humanistic form represented here, his expert shading rounds out the three dimensional image. Mark Kostabi;s original acrylic on canvas painting "Applause Without Reason" is signed and dated by the artist on the green leg in the image. The piece comes with a Gallery Certificate of Authenticity.
Mark Kostabi is a prominent American artist and figure in popular culture. Best known for his headless, mannequin like figures, Kostabi’s art is appealing both on a visual level thanks to its vibrant colors and strong shapes as well, as a metaphorical level as a commentary on the art world and popular culture. After rising to prominence in the 1980s, Mark Kostabi’s art has withstood the test of time. Original Mark Kostabi paintings have sold for as much as $30,000.
Born in California in 1960, Mark Kostabi’s art career took off after his 1982 move to New York City. He became a notable figure in the East Village, even winning the East Village Eye’s 1984 “Proliferation Prize” for being featured in more art exhibitions than any other New York artist. Mark Kostabi quickly became on of the bestselling artists of the time.
Mark Kostabi’s role in popular culture extends beyond his artwork. During the mid 1980s, he published a number of self-interviews on the commodification of contemporary art. These interviews served to elevate Kostabi’s brand and increase his sphere of influence. His art has been featured on numerous album covers, including albums for Guns ‘N’ Roses, The Ramones, Seether, Jimmy Scott, and Glint. He has collaborated with many other artists, including Enzo Cucchi, Arman, and Tadanori Yokoo. In 1986, he designed a shopping bag for Bloomingdales.
Kostabi has been on numerous television shows and ran an advice column on Artnet. Kostabi even produces his own television show, The Kostabi Show, where celebrities compete for cash prizes to title his paintings. Kostabi is also an accomplished composer. Beyond being an acclaimed artist, Mark Kostabi’s impressive marketing machine has elevated his celebrity status.