In 1980, Paige Powell left her hometown of Portland, Oregon, to come to New York. She wants to do things that are inextricably linked to this city, and her mission is to work for Woody Allen or Interview magazine. The eccentric side of Paige and her naivety earned her to be hired at Interview to sell advertising space. Soon, she became a key figure in the New York art scene, a close collaborator of Andy Warhol and is part of his inner circle, which belong to Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, which she is the companion. Armed with her camera, Paige photographs all the activities around her, capturing the strongest moments of art, culture and nightlife that occurred in the late twentieth century.
Published by Dashwood and produced by Gucci, PAIGE POWELL is a series of limited edition books. They highlight different facets of his work, as well as the importance of the events that took place in New York, from Harlem to East Village and SoHo in the 1980s. Under the artistic direction of Nathanial Kilcer and directed by Kim Hastreiter, the series explores different aspects: Beulah Land, the installation of a visual journal that Paige created in 1984 for a place at the same time an artistic space, bar and lounge called Beulah Land located on Avenue A and 10th Street in the East Village; Animals, a theme wanted by Paige, an activist committed to the rights of animals; Artists eating, a theme that Paige has documented extensively; and finally, Paige Powell, a book about the photographer and his life. These books offer rare, unpublished images taken by Paige.
The four books will be sold as a gift box in the Gucci Wooster, Gucci Garden stores in Florence and through the Dashwood Books bookstore, priced at $ 295 or € 260. On April 18th, the Gucci Wooster Bookstore bookstore will host a signature session with Paige.