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John Mellencamp opened his second art show in NYC, and buyers flocked to his moody, mixed-media collection.
The songwriter, who moved to New York to become a painter in the ’70s before he was discovered for his musical talent, displayed “Life, Death, Love and Freedom” at ACA Galleries, selling nine works on opening night. Accompanied by girlfriend Meg Ryan, he was fêted at a dinner hosted by the heads of his label, Avery and Monte Lipman of Republic Records.
Guests at the Waverly Inn dinner included Michael Avedon, Lorraine Bracco, Ricky Clifton, Alex Coslov, Drew Hauser, Omar Hernandez, Charlotte Kidd, Tim Okamura, Bruce Resnikoff, Amy Sacco, Oberon Sinclair and John Sykes. Monte joked, “I was going to pay for this dinner, but John has sold so many paintings tonight, I should give him the bill.”
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