Patti Astor’s Book: ‘Fun Gallery…The True Story’

Article posted on Friday, April, 12th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

10FOLD and Manhattan Fashion Directory are proud to present Patti Astor’s first book. ‘FUN Gallery…The True Story’. It is a memoir recounting her experiences as a ballerina turned young anti-Vietnam revolutionary who went on to open arguably the most famous art gallery in the world.

Patti Astor is an American performer best known for her underground New York City films of the 1970′s, the East Village arts scene of the 1980′s and as a key influencer in the early hip hop movement throughout NYC.

“Queen of the Downtown Scene”, Astor appeared in over a dozen independent films, among which are Amos Poe’s ‘Unmade beds’, Eric Mitchell’s ‘Underground USA’ and Charles Ahearn’s ‘Wild Style’. These films are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Astor went on to open the first gallery in the East Village presenting then unknowns Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf.

‘FUN Gallery…The True Story’ focuses on the wild and wooly “downtown” days in New York’s legendary East Village. From punk rock at CBGB’s in 1975 with local bands Talking Heads, Blondie, and Television, the early 80’s art explosion, to the independent film scene with Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee, Patti Astor was always at the center of the storm.

The title refers to her adventures at her tenement storefront art gallery with artists Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Fab 5 Freddy, and Julian Schnabel along with art world icons, Leo Castelli, Mary Boone, Tony Shafrazi and Andy Warhol.


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