Perhaps the most epic showing this year, The Hole has truly outdone itself with AREA: The Exhibition. Curated by Jeffrey Deitch along with Serge Becker, Eric Goode, Jennifer Goode, and Glenn O’Brien, the exhibition focused on the iconic 80s nightclub, AREA, and sought to recapture the club’s allure while also presenting some new interpretation of their own. Teaming with ABSOLUT, The Hole ensured that last week’s opening reception was one for the record books.
The Exhibition presents the art and concepts that made the club, including works created for AREA by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barbra Kruger, Sol Lewitt, LeRoy Neiman, Maripol, Larry Rivers, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Survival Research Labs and many more, alongside rare ephemera and new works inspired by the club from artists including Tom Sachs, Steve Powers and Todd James, Misaki Kawai and Ben Jones.
Kathy Grayson, founder of The Hole, was all smiles that night and let us know why AREA’s was such a revolutionary concept:
“Their community was full of important artists that they decided to stick up on the wall… [it was a] sophisticated artist nightclub.
There wasn’t anything like it.”
Those who attended were initially greeted by a Key Food-esque grocery store installation that was strikingly authentic, except for that most of the items cleverly incorporated the ABSOLUT namesake. Attendees also had the pleasure of drinking delicious ABSOLUT vodka out of custom novelty cans–an incredibly awesome touch. Check out some of our shots from the opening night of this limited engagement.
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