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WHQ, Craig Costello

agnès b. is pleased to announce the publication of WHQ, a book of photographs by New York artist Craig Costello. WHQ features portraits of over 50 artists and friends who visited the Krink studio from 2014-2017, affectionately referred to as “The WHQ.” The 96-page book includes a foreword by fellow [...] +

agnès b. is pleased to announce the publication of WHQ, a book of photographs by New York artist Craig Costello. WHQ features portraits of over 50 artists and friends who visited the Krink studio from 2014-2017, affectionately referred to as “The WHQ.” The 96-page book includes a foreword by fellow artist Stephen Powers. WHQ is a glimpse into a culture of creatives, showcasing their style and personality. Each photograph was made in front of the studio’s door, which became the established set.
The door served not only as a static backdrop, but also a colorful, collaborative canvas. Curated by Costello, the door gradually collected the marks left by friends invited to write and draw using Krink markers. The door, now a completed work, will be installed and on view at the agnès b. Galerie Boutique in NYC, beginning April 6 – May 28, 2017.
Accompanying the installation and release is a new limited edition sticker: WHQ (Wall Vinyl), 2017, ink jet on adhesive vinyl, 83 x 40 inches, edition of 20. A 1:1 representation of the door, WHQ (Wall Vinyl) is a unique edition with a trompe l’oeil effect.
In conjunction with the book’s publication, agnès b. and Krink will release 3 limited edition t-shirts and one tote bag as part of the agnès b. artists T-shirt collection, a prestigious, collaborative series established in 1994 that has included artists such as Félix González-Torres, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Harmony Korine. The agnès b. x Krink t-shirts and tote bag feature designs that are a reflection of the Krink studio, from studio drawings made with Krink markers to original art work by Costello.
A selection of new works on paper by Costello will be exhibited alongside the release of WHQ and collaboration with agnès b. Known for his large-scale, site-specific installations, Costello explores working more contained, limiting himself to the space of his studio and the size of his paper.
The opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 6, 6-9pm at agnès b., 50 Howard St., NYC. Featuring a performance by Boy Harsher; a dark electronic duo producing gritty dance beats infused with ethereal voices, creating a sound that is eerie, intense and incredibly danceable. The opening is free and open to the public. -

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