Scene: '80s Art-world

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Scene: '80s Art-world

kathryn-bigelow.jpgPictured: Kathryn Bigelow. “In 1980, Kathryn and my brother Monty directed “The Loveless,” shot in South Georgia. I was the stills photographer and learned a lot by sitting around the set all day. The entire crew was staying in a Holiday Inn right off the highway. The bar there was hopping, I can assure you.”

Like many who flew toward the neon promise and wide shoulders of the downtown New York scene in the ’80s, Jeannette Montgomery Barron found her flock. Starting with Francesco Clemente, the photographer began taking pictures of her newfound art-world crowd, some already famous and others well on their way. Tuesday night, Barron celebrated the publication of Scene, a book of photographs from Powerhouse that captures her old friends during a luminous era that has yet to fade. Here, a few names you will recognize-but whose pre-fame appearance you might not.

cindy-sherman-george-condo.jpgPictured: Cindy Sherman [left]. “I wanted to take a simple portrait of Cindy. Just outside the frame lay all of the pig noses and assorted props we have seen in her photographs.”
George Condo [right]. “I wanted to take a simple portrait of Cindy. Just outside the frame lay all of the pig noses and assorted props we have seen in her photographs.”

All photos: Jeannette Montgomery Barron from Scene.

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