Antonio Lopez Back in Fashion

by Michael Gross Photographed by Antonio Lopez and Michael Gross
Friday, March 9, 2018

Last night’s opening of a show of timeless photographs by the late Antonio Lopez, primarily known as a fashion illustrator and Svengali for models, at Danziger Gallery on Rivington Street was a mashup of ’70s survivors and latter-day beauties that Antonio himself would have loved. 

The show marked the start of gallerist James Danziger‘s representation of the photographic estate of Antonio, as he was known, who often used photography to create his fashion stories. The exhibition – the first to focus exclusively on Antonio’s photographs – features a selection of the unique Instamatic prints from the 1970s, developed and printed by Kodak, and either mounted or stored in the original yellow Kodak envelopes that the film was processed and delivered in.  As Antonio never sent the negatives back for re-printing each print is unique, justifying prices for the framed works that range from $5,000 to $20,000 for elaborate grids of photos.

Antonio died of AIDS in Los Angeles in 1987. He was only forty four years old.

But the room was alive with his irrepressible spirit, as fellow photographers and scene-makers came out to celebrate and remember him. 

Ex-model Liliana Cavendish, swathed in mink, first stared at Antonio’s grid of photos of her, then watched with delight as others took her place, as she mulled whether to buy the photos.  Actress Parker Posey came and went. Fashion editor Madeline Weeks and Christopher Petankas, whose book Loulou & Yves, about the collaboration of designer Yves Saint Laurent and muse Loulou de la Falaiase, caught up. Dustin Pittman and Anton Perich, who photographed AVENUE’s July cover of Patti Hansen, lingered.  Danziger’s wife Lucy Schulte Danziger, longtime editor of Self and creator of the web site Hintd, chatted with NYC Private Shopping Tour founder Barbara Hodes, who recalled being drawn by Antonio wearing a gown by the couturier Charles James, whose portrait hung nearby.  And actress Patti D’Arbanville, Antonio’s executor Paul Caranicas, Warhol-era actor-model-makeup artist Corey Tippin, now a photo stylist and antiques dealer, and Village People singer Randy Jones wove through the crowd.  

The show runs through April 28th at Danziger Gallery, 95 Rivington Street.  


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