GRAND OPENING OF THE KINGSTON POP MUSEUM [KPM]
-The Private Collection of Antonio Lopez Illustrations-highlighting the incredible genius of a man who influenced the Fashion Industry with a permanence of unspeakable magnitude-
The Antonio Lopez Private collection by its owner John Stavros, will be showcased and on display as part of the Grand Opening Gala of the newly founded Community Arts Space in Kingston, New York. The Kingston Pop Museum [KPM], located on Broadway in Kingston, NY will host a private viewing of perhaps the largest signed collection of Antonio Lopez illustrations in existence, on November 8th, for family, friends, & press. The opening reception will feature works never before seen by the public that will remain permanently at the KPM. These are authentic illustrations that capture the pulse of style from the 1960’s through the 1980’s and were given to Mr. Stavros by the artist himself.
His work is the most frequently requested artist by students at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology [FIT] and remains to be a go-to inspiration for aspiring artists and visionaries in the fashion world. Antonio’s illustrations were the inspiration behind countless modern collections and nods to his unmistakable esthetic are still seen in every genre pulsed by the fashion industry. Karl Lagerfeld is noted as stating, “In the world of illustration, his contribution is superior to the efforts of all other fashion artists of his era.”
John Stavros, proprietor of The Kingston Pop Museum and designer has brought a life-long dream into fruition with the opening of his Community Arts space, wherein young and talented artists are able to work, live, and sell their art. “The dream that Antonio, Charles James, & I shared back in the heyday of our youth was to have a space for artists to be able to freely create their art and feel secure in a stable environment. I am proud to have poured my love, sweat, & tears into this project and look forward to the greater good and creative forces that will come out of The Kingston Pop Museum.” The KPM is truly a creative arts haven where community members are welcome to come and explore the inner workings of their creative spirit.
One must visit the museum and speak with John himself regarding his friendship with Antonio Lopez which prospered to John’s introduction to Charles James. It is astonishing to hear of how his story unfolds unto the realization of his lifelong dream. John’s next resurgence will be focused on his former accessories line (to which he contributes his creative prowess having grown from his friendship with Charles James), with a new line of belts that will be available for purchase at KPM. Mr. Stavros was a part of Antonio’s social circle, at the time, which appeared to have an aura of sexy, happy hedonism. Out of whose circle modeling careers began, friendships spawned artistic results of creativity, and the legacy of a generation formed.
The museum will be open for viewing of The Antonio Lopez Illustrations, to the public on November 9, 2018. The Kingston Pop Museum hours are Thursday-Saturday 4-8 pm & Sunday 1-5 pm. The Kingston Pop Museum is a source of artistic catalyst. The gallery space and living studios a home to artists in transition or wishing to live in a stable environment enhancing the flow of ideas and artful creation. Think Andy Warhol’s factory on Madison Avenue, a relic of the past that Mr. Stavros has also experienced first-hand. Keep a pulse on KPM events & become acquainted with the Upstate New York arts movement paralleling the legacy of the 60’s-80’s Pop Art Movement.
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Kingston, NY 12401
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