Remarkable ’80s-Era Photos of Iconic NYC Artists

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Jeannette Montgomery Barron’s new photo book SCENE is a must-have for aficionados of the ‘80s New York art scene — for which Barron was something of an unofficial “yearbook photographer,” capturing images of legends like Cindy Sherman, Kenny Scharf, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jenny Holzer, Francesco Clemente, David Salle, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eric Fischl, and Keith Haring during their starving-artist days. The book launches with an event tonight at BookMarc; the tie-in exhibit, NYC c. 1985, opens tomorrow at Chelsea’s ClampArt. But if you’re not in Gotham, Flavorwire’s got you covered — we were lucky enough to get our hands on several gorgeous images from SCENE.

Andy Warhol / Artist Credit: Jeannette Montgomery Barron

Jean-Michel Basquiat /Artist Credit: Jeannette Montgomery Barron

Cindy Sherman / Artist Credit: Jeannette Montgomery Barron

Willem Dafoe / Artist Credit: Jeannette Montgomery Barron

Kathryn Bigelow / Artist Credit: Jeannette Montgomery Barron

Bianca Jagger / Artist Credit: Jeannette Montgomery Barron

Francesco Clemente / Artist Credit: Jeannette Montgomery Barron

George Condo / Artist Credit: Jeannette Montgomery Barron

Jenny Holzer / Artist Credit: Jeannette Montgomery Barron

SCENE’s book launch is tonight from 6-8pm at BookMarc (400 Bleeker Street, West Village); the NYC c. 1985 exhibit opens tomorrow at ClampArt, 531 W. 25th Street.