Gallery 98

ART EPHEMERA 1960s – 1990s

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3 Mercer St. Store, Diego Cortez, Bloody Handkerchief, C. 1975


3 Mercer St. Store, Diego Cortez, Bloody Handkerchief, c. 1975.

Cortez’s handkerchief originated as a prop for his magic trick performance at the Kitchen where he pulled a “bloody handkerchief out of thin air.”  Cortez would soon become a downtown force as a founder of the Mudd Club, curator of New York New Wave at PS1,  and early promoter of the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Diego helped Jean Dupuy organize the 1974 Soup & Tart performances as well as performing in the series; I remember two, both startling, with Nam June precision—one where he pulled out a clean white handkerchief, crumpling it in his hand and pulling it back out with a blood red spot on it, and a second where he stood still as blood slowly appeared on his lips.”  —Coleen Fitzgibbon, A Tribute to Diego Cortez,,  September 2021

Size: 16 x 14 inches.