Gallery 98

ART EPHEMERA 1960s – 1990s

Twelve Perfect Christmas Gifts From Dianne B, 1983, Dianne Benson, Peter Hujar, Neil Winokur, Ken Tisa

The Twelve Perfect Christmas Gifts from Dianne B. A portfolio of twelve postcards, eight by Peter Hujar , four by Neil Winokur, 1983. Portfolio sleeve by Ken Tisa. All twelve postcards being sold as a set.

A recent visit to the Peter Hujar retrospective “Speed of Life” at the Morgan Library and Museum brought to mind a fashion ephemera item in the Gallery 98 collection.

The Twelve Perfect Christmas Gifts from Dianne B. (1983) is a mini-portfolio consisting of a decorated cover and twelve postcards, eight of which are by Hujar. The postcard portfolio spotlights his talent while also resurrecting a 1980s moment when innovative art and fashion were often aligned, and in which Dianne Benson, the founder of the boutique Dianne B, was a major player.

Dianne B featured cutting-edge designers like Issey Miyake and Jean-Paul Gaultier as well as Benson’s own designs.  Her second store in NYC’s Soho was one of the first fashion outlets in a neighborhood still largely populated by artists and galleries. In summer 1983 Benson’s role in fashion expanded significantly when she formed a partnership with designer Rei Kawakubo, and opened up in Soho the first Comme des Garçons store in New York. These visually striking stores with their innovative clothing lines mixed easily with the Soho art world.  After encountering Cindy Sherman’s work in a Soho gallery and recruiting her for a Dianne B advertisement in Andy Warhol’s magazine Interview, Benson began regularly using downtown artists for her promotion and advertising.

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Please click individual items for full description.  Postcards are being sold together as a portfolio set (Postcard #1 can be purchased individually). Inquire about price here.

Peter Hujar Dianne B - front

Peter Hujar, NO SON OF MINE, Card #1

opera gloves photographed by Peter Hujar for Dianne B - front of card

Peter Hujar, YOU WOULDN’T DARE, Card #2

Peter Hujar card for Dianne B -front of card

Peter Hujar, “MERDE”, Card #3

David Wojnarowcz in Issey Miyake short photographed by Peter Hujar - front of card

Peter Hujar, FORBIDDEN FRUIT, Card #4

Clothes in Color photographed by Neil Winokur for Dianne B - front of card

Neil Winokur, MOD, Card #5

Dianne B Jumpsuit photographed by Niel Winokur - front

Neil Winokur, MUCH MODNESS, Card #6

Neil Winokur photo of cowl neck and belts for Dianne B - front of card

Neil Winokur, INTO IT, Card #7

White Linen shirt photographed by Neil Winokur for Dianne B - front of card

Neil Winokur, GROOVY, Card #8

Jean charles de Castelbajac blanket photographed by Peter Hujar - front of card

Peter Hujar, BLANKET IN THE FAMOUS CHAIR, Card #9

Jean charles de Castelbajac sheets photgraphed by peter Hujar - front of postcard

Peter Hujar, IF ONLY I SPOKE FRENCH, Card #10

Peter Hujar cape photo for Dianne B

Peter Hujar, TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, Card #11

Dianne B portrait by Peter hujar

Peter Hujar, OH THANK GOD, Card 12

Ken Tisa illustraion on Dianne B portfolio

Ken Tisa, Twelve Perfect Christmas Gifts, Portfolio Sleeve, 1983

ken Tisa tattoo by Ruth Marten

Ken Tisa Tattoo by Ruth Marten on Ethyl Eichelberger, Card, 1979

David Wojnarowicz illustration on a card for Dianne B Sale

Dianne B, David Wojnarowicz, Sale, Card, 1983

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