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Fun Gallery

Bill Stelling: “I asked Patti if she knew any artists, maybe they could do some shows at a tiny storefront I was using then as a textile studio at 229 East 11th Street. She said sure, and, using my tax return as funds, I bought a case of beer to begin the season.”

Patti Astor: “I was meeting all the graffiti artists while we were getting the Wild Style movie together and I asked Futura 2000 to paint a mural in my East Third Street apartment. I celebrated the event with an Art Opening Barbeque. Futura was spraying this gorgeous mural and Kenny [Scharf] (calling himself Van Chrome) came by and . . . began ‘customizing’ all my appliances, gluing his little figures all over my refrigerator and stove. Keith [Haring] and Fred [Brathwaite] were there, and Diego [Cortez] showed up with [then–corporate art adviser] Jeffrey Deitch.”

The inaugural show at the not-yet-named space, by Patti Astor’s

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