Lawrence Fine Art

Name : Steve Joester
Biography :

Traveling with the premier musical acts of the 70s and 80s, including the Stones, AC/DC, the Eurythmics, the Sex Pistols and the Police, British photographer Steve Joester captured many of the iconic images that remain part of our cultural consciousness to this day.

The 70s and 80s were a rough and raw period in the arts—think Basquiat and the development of graffiti art.  It was a time of intense experimentation across all artistic media, including painting and music and also fashion—think punk.

Art, music and fashion of this period didn’t “play nice.” They wanted to provoke, and offend, disrupt and incite.  Good manners, good taste and marketable skills were considered the kiss of death.

It was also the period in which pop and celebrity culture became themselves subject for artistic inquiry—think Andy Warhol.

Like so much, our society and culture have absorbed what once seemed shocking and offensive. It is now the subject of museum retrospectives—for example, “Punk:  Chaos to Couture”, which recently closed at the Met—and Basquiat’s work now sells for tens of milliions of dollars.

Steve Joester’s new work is an attempt to revisit this period, look at it fresh, and to think about the confluence of celebrity culture and art and the impact of the music of the period. He takes his iconic images, reworks them using mixed media, and asks us to rethink these images and what they mean anew. It is a bracing experience.

 Joester’s work appears in the August 2013 issue of Vogue magazine. He has exhibited both in the U.S. and internationally. All of the images in the exhibition were photographed by Joester with the exception of Elvis Presley.

 Lawrence Fine Art will mount an exhibition of Joester's work, "Steve Joester:  Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll" beginning August 22.  For a review of the show, click here.

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