All photos © Laura Levine/courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery. Above: R.E.M., Walter’s Bar-B-Que, Athens, GA, 1984
Laura Levine‘s portraits of the leading punk, post punk, hip hop and New Wave musicians of the Eighties and early Nineties are on view at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City until August 19. For many of us who used to eagerly await each new issue of Creem, Rolling Stone and Trouser Press, Levine’s photos offered access to the Ramones, Afrika Bambaataa, X, Blondie, the Clash and a promising band called REM (back when singer Michael Stipe still had hair). Since 1994, when Levine stopped shooting, she has focused primarily on her painting and illustration, and also directed films and videos.
|Joey Ramone, NYC, 1982|
At Steven Kasher Gallery, 35 of Levine’s vintage and contemporary prints are exhibited alongside “Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976-82,” a display of posters, fanzines, album covers (remember those?) and memorabilia. Give ’em enough rope…
|Tina Weymouth & Grandmaster Flash, NYC, 1981|
The Clash, NYC, 1981
|Chrissie Hynde and Iggy Pop, NYC, 1987|