Marko Stout’s most recent sold out solo exhibition at New York’s Sepia Gallery brought a huge number of young fans, art dealers and international collectors eager to meet the celebrity artist and buy the latest and somewhat controversial works from this pop art master, who many in the artworld are comparing to fellow New York pop artists; Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol. So much so, that the Google’s result in a search for “Marko Stout” show that people searching for the artist are also searching for Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein and Milo Moire- a real signal that the artist’s stock is rapidly on the rise.
Marko Stout is a popular multimedia artist and filmmaker- his sculptures, experimental avant-garde films, installations and vibrant aluminum prints exhibited at many fine art galleries throughout the United States and Europe. This cool young artist is one of the most relevant multimedia artists of this generation. He enjoys a cult-like following of younger millennial generation; speaking as the voice for the downtown Chelsea-SoHo crowd. However, his works have gone well beyond the local art scene of New York City and are now featured at major galleries in London, Berlin, Miami, Chicago, LA and many other major international art cities.
Stout is best known for his gritty pop style because he focused on New York City and modern urban life. His work is an exploration of sexuality and urban myth that puts a modern twist on this artistic theme that is perfect for a modern audience. Stout has been featured extensively across social and traditional media, with Splash Magazine calling him “a modern-day Andy Warhol” and a recent article in Paper Magazine said of the artist, “If a list of coolest artists in the industry is to be made Marko Stout would certainly sit at the top.” Stout’s reputation among the elite art crowd grew in a sporadic manner over past years. With several shows under his belt now, collectors in the art world have turned their attention to Marko Stout’s gritty urban works.
Marko Stout’s recent show at Chelsea’s Sepia Gallery drew the attention of many art collectors and fans especially young people waiting to get into the exhibition to meet this popular artist and see his exciting new works from his “Erotic Dreams” collection. Fans were greeted by the sculpture of a seven-foot leather clad female with a white rabbit head upon entering the exhibition. Alongside the sculpture, three huge LED sets played erotic videos including a 20-minute close-up clip of a young woman working herself to a powerful orgasm. Afterwards, the gallery guests were shown Stout’s vibrant and fiery aluminum prints filled with attitude and barraged with the artist’s deep quotes like, “victim of the rules,” and “free your mind”. A few of the artists young New York models were among the gallery crowd where they were seen also seen wearing black rabbit masks themselves. Asked what was the meaning of the rabbit headed sculpture with the erotic video imagery, Stout answered that it was a twist to the Alice in Wonderland theme but in this case, Alice follows the deviant rabbit to morally corrupt downtown New York.
The images of Stout’s works have gone viral on social media in the past year- especially after making news with the record breaking sale of his colossal figurative sculptures at the ArtExpo Show in New York City to a Berlin art collector and nightclub owner last spring- the largest sale at the show and one of the biggest in the history of the ArtExpo. The artist’s works were also featured last April at New York’s Caelum Gallery to large crowds and much critical acclaim.
Aside from his sold out solo exhibitions and sculpture sales, Stout also produced the popular New York independent art film festival: LIPS Film Festival, a celebration of the best in experimental art films and short. This year’s festival will be hosted by Stout next April at various theaters thought-out New York City with paid live streaming online. Marko Stout’s LIPS festival will be a celebration of the very best in local and international shorts and experimental cinema, along with independent feature length avant-garde productions.
As Marko Stout’s popularity in the mainstream art community and film world continue to grow collectors will take note of the artist’s rising value, making collection of his works a very valuable commodity.