Jon Bon Jovi gives Art New York a good name

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Rock star Jon Bon Jovi was a wanted man when he surprisingly arrived with wife Dorothea at Gary Lichtenstein Editions’ booth during Art New York and CONTEXT New York at Pier 94 last week.

The musician admired the work of famed rock ‘n’ roll photographer Bob Gruen and Jason Newsted of Metallica at the combined exhibition ROCKERS RAWKGruen’s ROCKERS exhibit included a print of Bon Jovi taken at the 1989 Moscow Music Peace Festival, as well as images of Led Zeppelin and the most iconic John Lennon images ever taken.

RAWK was Newsted’s New York City debut, and he sold almost his entire collection of large paintings and prints at his first international show. Fifty percent of all proceeds from the dual exhibit were donated to the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.

The five-day fair showed significant sales with over six-figure acquisitions from London’s ARCHEUS/POST-MODERN, who placed works by François Morellet, Bridget Riley and Richard Serra. CONTEXT New York also saw strong sales from Miami-based Markowicz Fine Art, who placed almost all works by KAI and Galería Casa Cuadrada, who placed works by Rafa Macarrón, Martín Mancera, and Ismael Lagares, and nearly sold out of all works by Fidia Falaschetti for over $100,000.

Along with Jon Bon Jovi, the fair hosted a variety of VIP attendees including Stanley Tucci, Kim Heirston, Jason Newsted of Metallica, Rock ‘n’ Roll photographer Bob Gruen, and New York Academy of Art President David Kratz.

Art still available for sale: Art New York and CONTEXT New York

Pictured:

Nick Korniloff, Jon Bon Jovi

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