Mark Kostabi, American (1960 - )  

Artist and Composer Mark Kostabi was born in Los Angeles in 1960 to Estonian immigrants. He was raised in Whittier, California and studied drawing and painting at California State University, Fullerton. In 1982 he moved to New York and by 1984 he became a leading figure of the East Village art scene. During that time he also developed a provocative media persona by publishing self-interviews which commented on the commodification of contemporary art. By 1987 his works were widely exhibited in New York galleries and prominently throughout the United States, in Japan, Germany and Australia. In 1988, inspiring extensive international press coverage, he founded Kostabi World - his large New York studio known for openly employing numerous painting assistants and idea people. In 1996 be began dividing his time between New York and Rome and consequently his work's already strong presence in the Italian art scene was vigorously enhanced.

Kostabi produces a weekly cable TV show, Title This, where noted art critics and celebrities compete to title his paintings for cash awards.

He writes an advice column for artists, Ask Mark Kostabi, for

Kostabi has designed album covers for Guns 'N' Roses (Use Your Illusion) and The Ramones (Adios Amigos), Jimmey Scott (Holding Back The Years) and numerous products including a Swatch watch, limited-edition vases, espresso cups, computer accessories and a Giro d'Italia pink jersey.

Kostabi is also known for his many collaborations with other artists including Enzo Cucchi, Arman, Howard Finster, Tadanori Yokoo, Enrico Baj and Paul Kostabi.

Kostabi has performed music as a soloist and with other musicians including Ornette Coleman, Jerry Marotta, Tony Levin, Puccio Panettieri and Paul Kostabi. His compostions have also been performed independently by Rein Rannap, Kristjan Järvi, Maano Männi, Delilah Gutman and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. His CDs include I Did It Steinway, Songs For Sumera and New Alliance. Retrospective exhibitions of Kostabi's paintings have been held at the Mitsukoshi Museum in Tokyo (1992) and the Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn (1998). Kostabi's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery in Washington D.C., the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and the Groninger Museum in Holland.

His permanent public works include a mural in Palazzo dei Priori in Arezzo, Italy, a large bronze sculpture in the central square of San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, and a bronze portrait of Pope John Paul II in Velletri, Italy.

Kostabi has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, A Current Affair, Nightwatch (with Charlie Rose), The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Nonsolomoda, West 57th, CNN, MTV and numerous television programs throughout Europe and Japan. In print he has been featured in The New York Times, People, Vogue, Architectural Digest, The Face, Playboy, Forbes, New York Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, Domus, Corriera Della Sera, Panorama, Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Flash Art, Arte, Arte In and Tema Celeste.

The many books published about Kostabi include Sadness Because the Video Rental Store Was Closed, Kostabi: The Early Years, Conversations with Kostabi, The Rhythm of Inspiration, Mark Kostabi and the East Village Scene 1983-1987 and Mark Kostabi in the 21st Century.

1978-81    California State University, Fullerton

  • 1981    California State University, Fullerton
                Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California

    1982    Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles

    1983    Limbo Lounge, New York
                Simone Gallery, New York

    1984    Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles
                Limbo Lounge, New York
                Hal Bromm Gallery, New York
                Semaphore, New York
                Lucky Strike Gallery, New York
                Hal Bromm Gallery, New York

    1985    Nada Gallery, New York        
                Semaphore, New York
                Eastman-Wahmendorf, New York
                Semaphore and Semaphore East, New York
                Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
                Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
                Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia
                Art Awareness, Lexington, New York

    1986    Seed Hall, Tokyo,
                Folker Skulima Gallery, Berlin
                Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

    1987    Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles
                Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania
                Wiesner Gallery, New York
                Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago

    1988    Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
                Phillip Samuels Fine Arts, St Louis, Missouri
                The Morgan Gallery, Boston
                Access Gallery, New York
                Hanson Gallery, New York

    1989    Tamara Bane, Los Angeles
                Fernando Alcolea Galeria d'Art, Barcelona
                Hanson Galleries, Beverly Hills and San Francisco
                Fly by Night Gallery, New York
                Hokin Gallery, Miami
                Alan Brown Gallery, Hartsdale, New York

    1990    Govinda Gallery, Washington D.C.
                First Gallery, Moscow
                Mijor Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
                Hanson Galleries, New Orleans and San Francisco
                Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York
                Ergane Gallery, New York
                Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia
                Gallery Sho, Tokyo
                Seibu, Tokyo
                Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy
                California State University, Fullerton

    1991    Art Collection House, Tokyo
                Galleria Dello Scudo, Verona, Italy
                Art Collection House, Osaka, Japan
                Frank Bustamante Gallery, New York
                Galerie Kaess-Weiss, Stuttgart, Germany
                Hama Gallery, Tokyo
                Access Gallery, New York
                Galerie 1900-2000: Marcel Fleiss, Paris
                Elisabetta Frigieri Arte Contemporanea, Carpi, Italy
                Paolo Majorana, Brescia, Italy
                Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy

    1992    Galleri Max, Stockholm
                Martin Lawrence Modern, New York
                Sinimandria Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
                Mitsukoshi Museum, Tokyo
                Galleria Les Chances de l'Art, Bolzano, Italy
                Studio Spaggiari, Milan
                Galleria D'Arte Rizziero, Teramo, Italy
                Ginza Yamato Gallery, Tokyo
                Studio Cristofori, Bologna, Italy
                Vaal Galerii, Tallinn, Estonia
                Seibu, Tokyo
                Gio Marconi and Fondazione Mudima (collaborations with Enrico Baj), Milan
                P.M.M.K. Museum Voor Moderne Kunst (collaborations with Enrico Baj), Ostende, Belgium
                The Columbia Museum of Art (collaborations with Howard Finster), South Carolina

    1993    Galerie Kaess-Weiss, Stuttgart, Germany
                Santo Ficara Arte, Florence, Italy
                Martin Lawrence Galerry, Washington D.C. and Santa Clara, California
                Hanson Galleries, New Orleans and La Jolla, California
                Centro D'Arte Moderna "Agatirio," Capo d'Orlando, Italy
                Azabu Museum (Collaborations with Tadanori Yokoo), Tokyo
                Kobe-Hankyu (Collaborations with Tadanori Yokoo), Kobe, Japan
                Multimedia Arte Contemporanea (collaborations with Enrico Baj), Brescia, Italy
                Cradle Salon/Aoyama Commons (collaborations with Linda Mason and Seiichi Tanaka), Tokyo

    1994    Nicolae Gallery, Colombus, Ohio
                Studio Gastadelli, Milan
                Hanson Galleries, New Orleans
                Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, New York
                Martin Lawrence Modern, New York
                Giavanni Di Summa Galleria d' Arte, Rome
                Studio Spaggiari, Milan
                Sony Building, Osaka, Japan

    1995    Dante Vecchiato Galleria d'Arte, Padova, Italy
                Guidi Galleria d'Arte, Genova, Italy
                Galleria Blu Art, Alba Adriatica, Italy
                Martin Lawrence Modern, New York
                Galerie Sho, Tokyo
                Galleria d'Arte Moderna "Il Castello," Milan

    1996    Centro Arte, Milan
                Elisabetta Frigieri Arte Contemporanea, Sassoulo, Italy
                Neuffer Am Park, Pirmasens, Germany
                Nicolae Galerie Colombus, Ohio
                Martin Lawrence Galleries, Chicago and Oakbrook, Illinois and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

    1997    Oprandi Arte Contemporanea, Boltiere, Italy
                Scola dei Tiraoro e Battioro, Venice, Italy
                Martin Lawrence Galleries, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Francisco and New York
                Castello Doria, Porto Venere, Italy
                Galleria Nuova Gissi, Turin, Italy
                Galleria d'Arte Moderna "Il Castello", Milan

    1998    L'Immagine Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea, Arezzo, Italy
                Ferrara Arte, Ferrara, Italy
                Blu Art Arte Moderna, Alba Adriatica, Italy
                Galleria Arte Rotaross, Novara, Italy
                Martin Lawrence Galleries, Sherman Oaks and San Francisco, California
                Galerie Le Jardin des Arts, Jingumae and Aoyama, Tokyo
                Mitsukoshi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
                Hankyu, Osaka, Japan
                Galleria Soave, Alessandria, Italy
                Galleria Botero, Pescara, Italy
                Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

    1999    Galleria Pio Monti, Rome, Italy
                Rocca Malatestiana, Fano, Italy
                Le Bain Art Gallery, Rome, Italy
                Martin Lawrence Galleries, New York and Oakbrook, Illinois
                Palazzina Azzurra, San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy
                Boxart Galleria d'Arte, San Bonifacio, Italy
                Studio G, Milan, Italy

    2000    ArteCapital, Brescia, Italy
            Trevi Flash Art Museum of International Contemporary Art, Trevi, Italy
            Guastalla Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Forte dei Marmi, Italy
            Temple Gallery, Temple University, Rome, Italy
                Galleria L'Ariete, Bologna, Italy
                Guastalla Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Livorno, Italy
                Francesco Cancelliere Artecontemporanea, Messina, Italy
                Roger Smith Gallery, New York

    2001    Fidesarte, Mestre-Venezia, Italy
                Galleria d'Arte L'Incontro, Chiari, Italy 
                Floriana Tondinelli Art Gallery, Rome
                Per Mari e Monti, Treia (Macerata), Italy
                Banca di Teramo, Teramo, Italy
                Marchese Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy

    2002    Stefan Stux Gallery, New York
                Galleria del Tasso, Bergamo, Italy
                Galleria Nuova Gissi, Turin, Italy
                Galleria Faustini, Forte dei Marmi, Italy
                Galleria Rosini & C., Rimini, Italy

    2003    Andrea Arte Contemporanea, Vicenza, Italy
            Galleria Civica di Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
                Chiesina dell' Ospedale, Meldola (FC), Italy
                adarte (Expoarte), Montichiari, Italy
                Pio Monti, Rome
                Scoletta dei Battioro, Venice
                Arte Contemporanea e Dintorni, Como, Italy

    2004    Magazzini del Sale, Cervia, Italy
            Embassy of Estonia, Washington, D.C.
            Galleria Francocancelliere, Messina, Italy
            Centro d'Arte Mercurio, Palermo
            Excalibur Artecontemporanea,Solcio di Lesa (No), Italy
            Castello Visconteo di Vogogna (Vb), Italy
            Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
    2005    Ex Museo Civica, Spoleto, Italy
            Gallerie Rosini, Riccione, Italy
            Pio Monti, Rome

    2006    Modenarte, Modena, Italy
            Galleria del Palazzo, Palazzo Coveri, Florence, Italy
            Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
            Chiostro del Bramante, Rome
            Antico Castello sul Mare, Rapallo, Italy
            Galleria Imperatori, Porto San Giorgio, Italy
            George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles

    2007    Per Mari e Monti Arte Contemporanea, Civitanova Marche, Italy
            Galleria Granelli, Livorno, Italy
            Patricia Correia Gallery, Los Angeles
            Martin Lawrence Galleries, La Jolla and San Francisco  

  • 1981
    • Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, "Zany Cal-Aesthetics"
    • Traction Gallery, Los Angeles, "Ex Libris"
    • Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, "Art as Gift"
  • 1982
    • Wilson Schoool, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, "Art '82"
    • Barbara Gladstone Gallery, NYC, "A More Store"
  • 1983
    • Wilson Gallery, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, "Art '83"
    • Middle Collegiate Church, NYC, "Resurrection", curators - Steve Whitesell and Joel Handorff
    • Collaborative Projects & W.P.A., The Ritz Hotel, Washington, D.C., "The Ritz"
    • Danceteria, "1000 Balloons", curators - Liz & Val
    • Piezo Electric Gallery, NYC, "The Wild West Show", curator - Carlo McCormick
    • Harm Bouckaert Gallery, NYC, "Saints"
    • Serra Di Felice, NYC
    • ABC No Rio, NYC, "Wish You'd Been Here", curator - Carlo McCormick
    • Center Gallery, Chicago, "Inside Out"
    • Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York, "Terminal New York"
    • Zippers, NYC, "Artistic Urges"
    • Danceteria, NYC, "Lower East Side Polygon"
    • The International Running Center, NYC, "Marathon: '83"
    • East 7th Street Gallery, NYC, "Underdog"
    • Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, "That Obscure Object of Desire", curator - Barry Blinderman
    • Underground, NYC, "An Evening of Surrealism (Moon Age Daydream), curator - D.D. Chapin
    • White Columns, NYC, "Science and Prophecy", curators - Joel Handorff and Steve Whitesell
    • Limbo Lounge, NYC, "Limbo Lounge Retrospective"
    • Danceteria, NYC, "Science Fair"
    • Jack Tilton Gallery, NYC, "A. More Store"
    • Kamikaze, NYC, "Gracie Mansion Presents"
    • Simone Gallery, NYC, "Mark Kostabi at Simone Gallery"
  • 1984
    • Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "Climbing"
    • Bess Cutler Gallery, NYC, "Situation", curator - Steve Kaplan
    • P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York, "Limbo, curators - Walter Robinson and Carlo McCormick
    • Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America"
    • Bonnier Gallery, Charles Cowles Gallery, Germans Van Eck Gallery, "Totem", curator - Steve Kaplan
    • Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "The Untitled Show"
    • New York Public Library, Tompkins Square Branch, NYC, "Psychology", curator - Bruce Wall
    • Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California, "10th Street & Avenue B/East Village Art Today"
    • Soho Center for the Visual Arts, NYC, "Four Artists"
    • Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, "Painting and Sculpture Today"
    • P.S. 1, Long Island City, NYC, "The New Portrait", curator - Jeffrey Deitch
    • Dramatis Personae Gallery, NYC, "Extravaganza"
    • Kamikaze, NYC, "Karnival"
    • Oil and Steel Gallery, NYC, "Creative Time Benefit"
    • 149 Second Avenue, NYC, "A Time Before Morning"
    • Kamikaze, NYC, "Non Con Test"
    • Gallerle Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, Holland, "Summer in New York"
    • Fashion Moda, Bronx, New York, "The Open Show"
    • Danceteria, NYC, "Machine Language"
    • Limbo Lounge, NYC, "Conspiracies"
    • Avenue A, NYC
    • Magic Gallery, NYC, "Hit and Run"
    • Kenkeleba Gallery, NYC, "Chill Out New York", curator - Steve Kaplan
    • Kamikaze, NYC, "Art Disposal Nite"
    • Sensory Evolution Gallery, NYC, "The Acid Test Show"
    • Bette Stoler Gallery, NYC, "Arabesque"
    • 419 Lafayette Street, NYC, "Art & Ego"
    • Center Gallery, Bucknell University , Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, "Contemporary Perspectives - Pop Symbolism"
    • University Art Museum, University of Tennessee/Knoxville, "Drawings"
    • Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, "The East Village Scene", curator - Janet Cardon
    • George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, NYC, "In the Public Eye"
    • Fashion Moda, Bronx, New York, "Real Politick"
    • Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, "New York City Artists in 0-Town"
    • New York Public Library, Tomkins Square Branch, NYC, "Bacchanalia"
    • Darinka, NYC, "Dream Logic: Erotic Impulses", curator - Susan Berko
    • Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, "Group Show"
    • Zero One, Los Angeles, "East Infection", curator - Carlo McCormick
    • University of California/Santa Barbara, "Neo York"
    • Zurich, Switzerland, "International Art Fair"
    • Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "New Painting"
    • Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, "Visitors from the East Village"
    • Columbus Museum of Arts & Sciences, Columbus, Georgia, "American Art Now! Painting in the 1980's"
    • Nico Smith, NYC, "Big Show"
    • Zurich, Switzerland, "Zurich Forum"
  • 1985
    • Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "New Painting"
    • Casa Nada, NYC, "Group Show"
    • Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "A Christmas Collection"
    • Now Gallery, NYC, "Micro Art"
    • Limbo Lounge, NYC, "Le Grande Bodegon"
    • New York Public Library, Tompkins Square Branch, NYC, "East/West"
    • Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, California, "The Figure Transformed by Technology"
    • University of Wisconsin/Eau Claire, "New York Art from Semaphore and Semaphore East"
    • Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Quebec, "East Village At Centre", curated by Katya Arnold
    • The QCC Art Gallery; Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY;
    • Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania
    • Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, "The Parodic Power of Popular Imagery", curator - Lenore Malen
    • Silver Limo Gallery, NYC, "Haiti Haiti Tenth Street Today"
    • Semaphore, NYC, "Summer Better Than Others"
    • Semaphore East, NYC, "Works on Paper"
    • Frank Bernaducci Gallery, NYC, "Drawn"
    • Nico Smith Gallery, NYC, "The Monster Show"
    • Kamikaze, NYC, "Zero Gravity"
    • BK. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio, "20/20"
    • ABC No Rio, NYC, "Political Art"
    • Kamikaze, NYC, "Tight as Spring"
    • 22 Wooster Gallery, NYC, "Democracy at Work"
    • Rosa Esman Gallery, NYC, "East Village Funktional"
    • St. Mark's Gallery, NYC, "Linus and Friends"
    • Now Gallery, NYC, "Microwave"
    • Eastman-Wahmendorf Gallery, NYC, "Aesthetic Awareness"
    • Tower Gallery, Southhampton, New York, "Avenue C by the Sea"
    • A&P Gallery, NYC
    • Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, "City Streets"
    • Private Eyes, NYC, "A Strange Mix"
    • Palladium, NYC, "The East Village Art Collection"
    • Civilian Warfare, NYC, "Gettin Off"
    • Kamikaze, NYC, "Too Hot for Summer"
    • Palladium, NYC, "Palladium Open"
    • Kamikaze, NYC, "Artifacts of the Future"
    • Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina, "Innocence and Experience", curator - Tom Styron
    • Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC, "Otherland"
    • Wessel O'Conner Gallery, Rome, Italy, "The Discovery of America"
    • No Se No, NYC, "The Rivington School"
    • Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC, "Fashion Moda Benefit"
    • Fernando Vijande Gallery, Madrid, Spain, "Psycho Pueblo"
    • Now Gallery, NYC, "Micro Max"
    • Moosart Gallery and Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, Florida, "The Best and the Brightest from the East Village and Soho"
    • First Street Gallery, NYC, "Innocence and Experience", curator - Tom Styron
  • 1985
    • Limelight Mural, Chicago
  • 1986
    • Bloomingdale's 1986 Shopping Bag
  • Proliferation Prize, presented by East Village Eye, August, 1984, p. 32
  • 1980
    • Kostabi, self-published book Los Angeles Hoffberg, Judith, "Kostabi"; Umbrella, November, p. 129
  • 1981
    • Muchnic, Suzanne, "Grins, Grimaces"; Los Angeles Times, July 14, part 4, p. 1
    • Kostabi, self-published book, Los Angeles
    • Hoffberg, Judith, "Kostabi", November
  • 1982
    • Christy, George, "The Great Life", The Hollywood Reporter, July 23, p. 23
    • Muchnic, Suzanne, "La Cienega Area, Los Angeles Reporter, July 23, part 6, p. 8
  • 1983
    • Raynor, Vivien, "Circles and Age", The New York Times, Sept. 22, p. C24
    • Bomb, Vol.;8, p. 89
    • Raynor, Vivien, review, "Climbing: The East Village", The New York Times, Jan. 27, p. C22
    • Robinson, Walter, "East Village Artists in Amsterdam", East Village Eye Dec./ian., 1983-84, p. 23
  • 1984
    • Muchnic, Suzanne, "The Galleries", Los Angeles Times, Jan. 27, p. 2
    • McCormick, Carlo, "An Interview with Mark Kostabi, East Village Eye, p. 32
    • Carr, C., "Art & Artifice in the East Village", Village Voice, April 3, p. 38
    • "An Interview with Mark Kostabi by Everyman", Pan Arts, May, pp. 23, 13
    • Heartney, Eleanor, review, "Totem", ARTnews, May, p. 172
    • McCormick, Carlo, review, New York Beat, May 23, p. 15
    • Krainak, Paul, review, Soho Arts Weekly, May 30, pp. lOB & 11B
    • Appearances, Issue 10, pp. 13, 38-40, 48
    • Robinson, Walter and McCormick Carlo, "Slouching Toward Avenue D", Art in America, Summer, pp. 140 & 157
    • Owens, Craig, "The Problem with Puerilism", Art in America, Summer pp. 162 & 163
    • Smith, Roberta, "East Village Art Wars", Village Voice, July 17, p. 79
    • Bankowsky, Jack, review, East Village Eye, August, p. 37
    • There is Only One Clique and You are the Only One", Paris Review, Issue 92, Summer, pp. 95-101
    • La Palma, Marina & Gardener, Coin, "Mark Kostabi at Molly Barnes , images & Issues, May/June, pp. 46 & 48
    • "Interview with Mark Kostabi by Everyman", Gem Magazine, Issue 2, cover, p. 7
    • Bankowsky, Jack, "Graffiti Grows Up: East Village Galleries", New York Native, Sept. 10-23, p. 24
    • "Mark on Mark", New York Talk, Sept. , p. 41
    • McCormick, Carlo, "The Periphery of Pluralism", The East Village Scene, (catalogue), pp. 48 & 49
    • Mulcahy, Susan, "Deep in the Art of the East Village...", New York Post, Page Six, Oct. 22
    • Sozanski, Edward, "The East Village Scene in Diverse Artistry", The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 16, p. SC
    • Robinson, Waiter, "Mark Kostabi at Hal Bromm", Art in America, Nov., p. 154
    • Heartney, Eleanor, "Mark Kostabi at Hal Bromm", ART news, Dec., p. 156
    • McCormick, Carlo, "The East..Village Scene", (catalogue), Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
    • Hoffman, Randi, "Big Painting Disappears'Without a Trace", The Hoffman Dispatch, Nov. 22 - Dec. 5, p. 1
    • Bankowsky, Jack, "Marginal Effects", New York Natlve, Dec. 17-30, p. 53
    • Neff, M.A., "No Room for Mistakes", Interview, Holiday Issue
    • McCormick, Carlo, "Guide to East Village Artists - New York, Report on a Phenomenon"; (catalogue), University of California/Santa Barbara
  • 1985
    • Blinderman, Barry, "Contemporary Perspectives - Pop Symbolism", (catalogue), Bucknell Univeristy, Lewisberg, Pennsylvania
    • "The Parodic Power of Popular Imagery", (catalogue), Bayside, New York
    • Pate, Pattie, "Perceptions of the Figure", Art'Week, Mar. 16, p. 16
    • McGill, Douglas, "For Artists, New Paths to Success", New York Times, April 11, p. C19
    • Spin, June, pp. 17 & 18
    • Spin, July, pp. 58 & 59
    • New York Times, May 13, pp. A18 & A19
    • Brennan, Mark, "Mark Kostabi, Lost Innocence", Manhattan Arts, June, pp. 14-18
    • New York Times, June 17, p. A19
    • New Art Examiner, "Quote of the Month", June, p. 6
    • Yoshida, Koichi, "Mark Kostabi", Illustration (Japan), August, no. 35, pp. 46-49, 60-63
    • O'Beil, Hedy, "Mark Kostabi", Arts, Sept.
    • Heartney, Eleanor, "Mark Kostabi", ARTnews, Sept.
    • Robinson, Waiter, "Mark Kostabi at Hal Bromm", Art in America, Sept.
    • Penn, Amy, "Brushing Up on Young Talent", New York Post, Nov. 8
    • Woolcock, Phyllis, "More than just a salesman", The Australian, Sept. 14
    • Follent, Sarah, "Blank faces fill the bill for look at computer age", The Australian, Sept. 24
    • Mossman, Tam, "Mark Kostabi's Sensuous Syntax", review of show at Cava
    • Rooney, Robert, "Young artists adding zeros to their prices", The Australian, November
    • Rooney, Robert, "USA in Super Rodneyvision", The Australian, Nov. 12
    • Penn, Amy, "Brushing Up On Young Talent", The New York Post, Nov. 8
    • Art & Artists, Nov./Dec., illustration
    • The New York Times
  • 1986
    • The New York Times, Jan. 6, illustration
    • Prince, Dinah, "The Royal Brushoff at Palladium", ("Downtown"), Daily News, Jan. 10
    • Jones, Alan, "Class of 1990", New York Talk, Jan.
    • Kohen, "'Focus New York' hails latest in art", The Miami Herald, Jan. 10
    • Art & Artists, Jan./Feb., illustration


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