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Art’s bad boy of the ’80s, Mark Kostabi, continues to host jam sessions at his Chelsea townhouse.
After we reported that the artist returned from a Florida art opening to find friends gathered in his townhouse to fete him and play tunes into the night — we hear he recently hosted his own shindig where musician pals including Michelle Shocked, Manhattan Transfer’s Janis Siegel, Barry Manilow percussionist David Rozenblatt, jazz great Tommy Campbell, and more played.
Kostabi was on his Steinway concert grand with the group that entertained guests, including Suzanne Vega, model Demi Ramos, restaurateur Shelly Fireman, producer Steve Garrin, manager Gene Luntz, spoken word whiz Poez the Poet, and Director of Martin Lawrence Galleries Robert L. Sparks, who co-hosted.
A spy said: “Normally Kostabi’s parties go till 4 a.m., but this time he had to shut it down at 1 a.m.,” since he had to catch an early flight to Texas for a show at Park West Gallery.
“He kicked out the last guest, an art collector, who was found sleeping half on a sofa and half on the floor in Kostabi’s five-story tower of decadence.”
At a previous bash in May, Kostabi returned to NYC only to be surprised by a party at his house. He’d just returned from “two successful art shows at Park West Gallery in Florida, plus a three-day vacation in Puerto Vallarta, where he slept in a cliff-side open-air cave at a luxury resort,” a pal said.
Among 30 guests waiting in his pad at a party — also hosted by Martin Lawrence Galleries — were rock photog Bob Gruen, Guns N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer, and jazz player Campbell, who all serenaded Kostabi and the crowd.
Kostabi later joined a jam session on his Steinway. He’d made his debut as an orchestral composer at Carnegie Hall in 2019.
His brother Paul Kostabi is a founding member of industrial rock act White Zombie.
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