John Chamberlain and Mickey Ruskin
Our next item comes from New York, where two exhibitions are recalling the glory days of Max’s Kansas City – a legendary bar created by artists, for artists. The shows at Steven Kasher and Loretta Howard’s galleries hark back to a seminal moment in American art history, when poets, painters, sculptors, rock stars and fashion designers converged on a tiny three room space, in a nowhere neighbourhood in downtown Manhattan. At the bar, John Chamberlain, Frosty Myers, Frank Stella and Neil Williams led discussions about the future of art. In the back room, Andy Warhol held court, while upstairs, the Velvet Underground performed their last ever shows. For nine years, from 1965 to 1974, it seemed like all of New York’s creative energies were concentrated there, as Andrew Purcell reports.
Warhol in the back room