Gallery 98 continues its online exhibition of portraits by Cara Perlman, created at the legendary Times Square nightclub Tin Pan Alley in 1981 and 1982. Done directly from life, these unconventional, finger-paint portraits capture likenesses with a striking immediacy. You can judge the success of these depictions in the Polaroids below, showing photographer Nan Goldin and nightclub doorman Haoui Montaug (1952-91) posing with their portraits.
Actor and writer Taylor Mead (1924 – 2013) is best known for his appearances in Andy Warhol films. Because Perlman’s connection with Mead was not through Tin Pan Alley, this portrait is not part of the online exhibition. For a short time Cara lived at 163 Ludlow Street, the Lower East Side building where Meade long resided, and where the portrait was done.
Visit Gallery 98’s Cara Perlman exhibition here.