Portraits of powerful NYC personalities

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An extraordinary collection of rarely-seen, classical portraits of leading figures from New York’s art world, taken from 1981 to 1990, will be exhibited in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, September 18-October 26. There is an opening reception September 18 from 6-9 p.m.

Photographed by Peter Sumner Walton Bellamy during his ongoing, 25-year project of photographing creative artists from the visual and literary worlds, the images will be shown at Henry Gregg Gallery, 111 Front Street, between Washington and Adams streets, suite 226.

Artists whose portraits will be on view include Vito Acconci, Richard Artschwager, Robert Blackburn, David Budd, Louise Bourgeois, John Cage, Alphaeus Cole, William Eggleston, Fab 5 Freddy, Eric Fischl, Leon Golub & Nancy Spero, Charles Gwathmey, Keith Haring, James Harrison, Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Robert Manigold, Brice Marden, Melissa Meyers, Elizabeth Murray, Rubin Nakian, Luigi Otani, Richard Prince, Susan Rothenberg, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Raphael Soyer, Kiki Smith, Vincent D. Smith, Estaban Vincente, Andy Warhol, James Wellings and Terry Winters.

Many were captured by Bellamy before their careers skyrocketed to fame. Every black and white image has a “back story,” like the now-famous artist he loaned $5 for cab fare after the shoot.

Gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 12-6 p.m.; Thursday, 1-7 p.m. and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. For more, call 718-408-1090 or visit

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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