My dear friend, Chris Wandel, says I summoned the famous artist, Stefan Eins, to come help her in her hour of need, because I could not be there, be her Knight in Shining Armor. The last time Chris and I saw each other, was in 1985. We have had thousands of meaningful conversations, hence. We did a long-distance intervention on her daughter, who has twenty years of sobriety.
Eins and Chris became boyfriend and girlfriend. Stefan painted Chris’ apartment and hung his artwork on her walls. He turned her drab studio into a Museum. Stefan took this famous recluse to art shows and introduced her to his famous friends. They are now a famous couple in the New York Art Scene. Chris is Stefan’s Muse. I was so grateful to this fellow artist for helping the woman who took my virginity away in 1967 when I was twenty years old. She fell in love me when she saw me doing a painting. Last week I asked her if she recalled this painting, because I could not.
“It was a seascape with beautiful colors. There was a woman in the foreground standing on the beach.”
At first, Stefen was threatened by me, but, we soon became friends. I had been sending Chris a box of clothes each month, and put some duds in there for Stefen.
Chris and I still say “I love you” on the phone, because we have become like brother and sister. We share the same close friends. We sent Peter Shapiro a Christmas card.
The day I blogged on my Muse sending me a letter, I looked in my e-mail, and read Stefan’s invitation, which was, to come visit he and Chris in New York, and have that be the end of my book. I told Mr. Eins I just received the end of my book in the mail.
The picture of your Muse looks like Christine. Your email – to me – below refers to Stefan and Chris (!), I thought the end of your autobiography might be you actually visiting New York and joining me and Chris having a magical time. How about it? After all: you found your muse! Tootle-oo!
——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Strange Freind
From: John Ambrose
Date: Thu, January 16, 2014 12:45 am
My artist-friend Amy turned out to be too strange. Forget about that show.
The good news, is, I found my Muse and she sent me a four page letter. We have not communicated in 44 years. I am inspired. I have the end of my autobiography.
I trust you and Chris are having a magical time.
Picture of my Muse at 18, the last time we talked.
Stefan Eins grew up in Vienna and Gresten, Austria. He settled in New York City in 1967. Eins graduated from the University of Vienna with a degree in Theology (1965) and he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1964-1967. He does not distinguish between creating art and doing science research. He is the founder of Fashion Moda as a cultural concept. An important manifestation of Fashion Moda was the Museum of Science, Art, Invention, Technology and Fantasy (1978–1993) in the Bronx. It quickly became a strong voice in the New York art world during the late 1970s to mid-1980s. Fashion Moda also pioneered in the featuring of Graffiti art and showed artists such as Jenny Holzer and Keith Haring among others early on. It was a Multicultural project of the Hip-Hop culture of artists, writers, rappers, and break dancers.
While continuing activities with Fashion Moda, Eins also pursued his own talents having shows in the National Gallery in Vienna (1991), MoMA PS1 in New York (2007), the notable Now Gallery and other museums and galleries in US, Europe and Asia.
1 Stefan Eins’s Honors
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Stefan Eins’s Honors
National Endowment for the Arts, 1980, 1987
New York Foundation for the Arts 2002
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation 2004
2009 ‘Looking at Music’, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
2009 ‘The Picture Generation’, Metropolitan Museum, New York City
2009 X-TREME Exterior, New York City, Istanbul, Gresten
2008 Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble
2007 Museum of Modern Art, PS.1, New York City
2007 National Kyrgyz Fine Arts Museum, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia
2006 ‘The Downtown Show’, Grey Art Gallery, New York City
2006 Modernist, Büyükada Island, Istanbul
2002 Galerie Ariadne Vienna, Austria
2002 O.K. Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria
2001 MUSA – Museum auf Abruf, Vienna, Austria
1991 Austrian National Gallery, Vienna, Austria
1985 Now Gallery, New York City, USA
1980 Lisson Gallery, London, UK