Max's Kansas City

Posted by David Ozanich — 30 Sep 2010

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If you’re in New York tonight and care to brave the coming thunderstorms, you might want to stop by the Strand Bookstore. Making an appearance will be the art dealer Steven Kasher to sign copies of his new photography book “Max’s Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll.”

Max’s Kansas City was a music club on Park Avenue South near Union Square in New York City that reigned as the supreme arbiter of cool for much of the 1960 and 70s. Filled with cutting edge art by the likes of John Chamberlain and Dan Flavin, downtown denizens like Andy Warhol, Fran Lebowitz, Janis Joplin and Patti Smith made it their unofficial clubhouse. Performers like the Velvet Underground and Bruce Springsteen played there often.

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Kasher talks about his curation of the photos with Interview:

We did pick the coolest freaks we could for the book. And there are as many great pictures we left out as we put in. I've done a lot of books of this nature. The first one, from '96, is about the Civil Rights Movement photographic history, 1954-68. It has about 150 pictures by about 60 different photographers, and it's a complete history of the movement. So, what I'm trying to do-and this is the same for Max's-is show the best pictures, and to tell as much of the story as I can. We want to let the photography do its job documenting Max's, but also evoke emotionally what was going on in Max's...

The show of photographs is on view at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York until October 9th. Details on the Strand signing are here. An excellent article from the New York Times will tell you more as will their fine slide show.

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