Newly Discovered Artworks from Provocative Performance Artist and New York City Art-World Icon Colette

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Before Madonna and Lady Gaga were exploring the boundaries of gender and adopting fashionable personas for the stage, pioneering performance artist Colette, aka Colette Justine, had established herself as a New York art-world icon doing just that. In her 1973 debut, Colette “used stuff like ruched parachute silk to turn her living space into a walk-in artwork.” Colette is the subject of a new online exhibition at Gallery 98, which features a group of rediscovered works from the provocative artist, unearthed from her old storage spaces in Germany — where Colette currently resides (and lived/worked for a time during the 1980s).

“Among the treasures unearthed are some of her most collectible works: vintage 1970s examples of the 12” x 12” collages called ‘Records of my Life.’ This ongoing series incorporates photos and ephemera from her life and performances, ‘Colettesizing’ them with paint, glazes, and glitter,” the gallery shared in an announcement.

We feature several works from the new exhibition, as well as art from a previous Gallery 98 show called Colette: On the Streets and in the Clubs, 1972 – 1985 .

Colette, “Real Dream” at the Clocktower, 1975, published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, “Justine and the Victorian Punks at P.S. 1,” January 1978., published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, “Kitsch Colettesized,” 1978, published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, “Beautiful Dreamer,” 33rpm Vinyl Record & Cover, 1978, published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, “Beautiful Dreamer, Justine for the Colette is Dead, Co.” 1978, Offset print on paper, 24 x 20 1/2 in. Signed by the artist, published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, Postcards From the Story of my Life, “Ancorra-tu, Living in a Space for Six Days with All My Personal Belongings”. 1977, Photo and ink on paper. 7 x 10 in., published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, Postcards From the Story of my Life, “Ancorra-tu, Living in a Space for Six Days with All My Personal Belongings”. 1977, Photo and ink on paper. 10 x 7 in., published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, Postcards From the Story of my Life, “The Ear, Street Piece I #8”, 1973, Photo and ink on paper. 10 x 7 in., published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, “Fiorucci Presents Justine and the Victorian Punks,” 1978. Vintage poster, 24 x 20 in., published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, “Street Work I Series, West Broadway Soho, Being Taken Away by Police,” circa 1973. Mixed media on foamcore, 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 in., published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, Colette Mannequin in “Beautiful Dreamer” Gown at Guggenheim boutique. 1997. Mixed media on foamcore, 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 in., published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, Set of 4 over-sized, photographic postcards: Ragdoll, 1975, signed by the artist on front. Let Them Eat Cake, 1977, signed by the artist on back. Clearance Sale, 1977, signed by the artist on back. Justine and the Victorian Punks, 1978, signed by the artist on back. Archival offset prints, 12 x 10 in. (each)., published with permission, Gallery 98

Colette, “Justine Joins LaRocka, Armageddon Club,” 1982. Mixed media on foamcore, 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 in., published with permission, Gallery 98