New Online Exhibit Showcases Great Artists Lost to AIDS
By Les Fabian Brathwaite
Art Lives is the new online exhibit dedicated to honoring the legacies of a generation of artists lost to AIDS. POBA, a non-profit "virtual arts center" dedicated to celebrating the work of late artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, teamed with a coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations—including DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), LifeBEAT: Music Fights AIDS, and Visual AIDS—to create the permanent online platform, which launches today to commemorate World AIDS Day.
The exhibit includes early footage and audio recordings of disco diva Sylvester; original sketches and fabrications by acclaimed fashion designer Patrick Kelly; graphics by Ken Kendrick, famously known for designing the “Just Say No” anti-drug logo; and other creative forces devestated by the epidemic.