Art Area Invitation

Area Nightclub

(Full title: Art Area Invitation featuring Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, et al. Area, 1985.) 

Flyer on Cardstock; 10 x 8 inches 25.4 x 20.3 cm: Original invitation for an event held at Area nightclub on May 8, 1985. Michael Halsband's group portrait, taken at Mr. Chow's, features Michael Heizer, David Hockney, Leroy Nieman, Dennis Oppenheim, Stefano, Bill Wegman, John Chamberlain, Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Alex Katz, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Tony Shafrazi, Red Grooms, Jean Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ronnie Cutrone, Sandro Chia. Other participating artists: Nam June Paik, Jennifer Bartlett, Jack Goldstein, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Sol Le Witt, Marisol, Peter Max, Meredith Monk, Larry Rivers, Survival Research Labs, Mark van den Broek, Tom Wesselman, Greer Langton. An iconic portrait with the era's headlining artists, used for one of New York's defining night clubs. Especially notable for Basquiat's dinner plate presentation. This invitation offers complimentary admission, while most other nearly identical copies advertise $15 admission. Quite scarce in any condition, this copy is sharp and well preserved with square corners and no visible markings.