Author Archive

Karl Lagerfeld by Annie Leibovitz  //

Karl Lagerfeld, Monte Carlo 1985, Photo by Annie Leibovitz This terrific portrait of Karl Lagerfeld was featured in Annie Leibovitz’s second exhibition at Govinda Gallery in 1987, “Annie Leibovitz: Photographs.”

Cerphe, The Childe Harold, and Bruce Springsteen  //

Invitation to tomorrow evening’s event at Dive. In the spring of 1973 Bruce Springsteen performed for three nights at The Childe Harold at DuPont Circle in Washington D.C. The contract for those shows is framed and hanging at DIVE, the New Rock & Roll bar in the basement of the fab Italian Restaurant Darlington House, […]

Mario Díaz, 1951-2019  //

                           Mi Bandera. Photo by Mario Díaz. The first photograph by a Cuban photographer that I ever purchased, over 20 years ago, was Mi Bandera (My Flag) by Mario Díaz. I was about to visit Cuba for the first time, and I called […]

Bob Marley, Junior Marvin, and Kara Kennedy  //

Bob Marley. Photo by David Burnett. I just returned from two weeks in Jamaica assisting the musical genius Donovan on a new project of his. More about that later from The Back Room. I took the opportunity while in Ocho Rios to make a pilgrimage to the tomb of Bob Marley, whose birthday happens to […]

Happy Christmas and New Year from Govinda Gallery  //

                 Watercolor by Stuart Sutcliffe                       Stuart Sutcliffe, “Double Exposure”, Hamburg, 1961. Photo by Astrid Kirchherr.                      George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, John Lennon, “Truck”, Hamburg, 1961. Photo      […]

A John Waters Christmas and the Baltimore Museum of Art  //

Tomorrow evening, John Waters performs his hilarious and lively Christmas stand-up show at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. I’ve seen the show the last several years; it’s wild and I love it.                        Portrait of John Waters by Greg Gorman from Inside Life (Rizzoli) John is […]

James Baldwin and Bob Dylan 55 Years Ago Today  //

James Baldwin and Bob Dylan, December 13, 1963, New York City. Photo by Ted Russell. It was 55 years ago today that Bob Dylan received the Tom Paine Award for Civil Liberties from the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee. LIFE magazine photographer Ted Russell took this historic photograph of the young Bob Dylan with James Baldwin as […]

John Lennon and Andy Warhol: The Way We Were  //

                 Andy Warhol and John Lennon, NYC 1972. Photo by Bob Gruen. I was with Andy Warhol at his studio, The Factory, the morning after John Lennon was murdered, 38 years ago today. In my introduction to Allan Tannenbaum’s book of photos, John & Yoko: A New York […]

Andy Warhol, Govinda Gallery, and the Whitney Museum  //

Chris Murray and Andy Warhol in the back room of Govinda Gallery, November 6, 1985. Photo by Lucian Perkins Andy Warhol was the cornerstone of Govinda Gallery. Even before his first exhibition at Govinda, Endangered Species (1984), Andy had a crucial influence on my opening Govinda Gallery and on our exhibition programming. Through the acquaintance of […]

“Tribe” at the Katzen Museum, and Sueraya Shaheen  //

I first met Sueraya Shaheen in May of 1986 at Govinda Gallery. She arrived on matching Vespas with her friend Maqui Lacuna, the Venezuelan beauty and muse to the renowned artist Carlos Sosa. Just a few days before, Shaheen had sat next to Andy Warhol at a dinner party the fabulous Miller sisters were hosting at […]

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