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Paint It Black: Robert Knoke's Portraits of the Hipster Avant-Garde

November 8, 2010
German artist Robert Knoke may be known to the contemporary art world as a traditional portraitist, but unlike his forbears he's not interested in prettifying stuffed shirts. Instead, Knoke trains his ballpoint pen and markers on an unruly universe of hipsters, avant-garde artists, and visionaries, including Patti Smith and Marc Jacobs, rendering them in stark, expressive images. Here, Knoke walks us through eight of his most representative portraits, all of which can be found in his book 00 Volume 01: Black Material, hitting bookshelves this month.

Diamanda Galás, Composer-Vocalist
"I kind of destroyed her face with all these lines and strokes; it makes her look much older than she is. But I think that it also reflects her extreme voice. Her voice is not very pleasing, which initially shocked me, because it was so extreme. I think she has one of the greatest voices of our time."

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