KILLING US SOFTLY: THE ART CAREER OF SUICIDE’S ALAN VEGA

Alan Vega–the singer for the influential punk duo Suicide who passed away last week at age 78–was also an important visual artist, albeit with a slightly quieter persona. Vega was in fact an artist first and a frontman second. He studied with Ad Reinhardt at Brooklyn College, and he showed work at the OK Harris Gallery in New York in 1974, three years before Suicide released their first record. Suicide were aggressive Minimalists, pioneers in both punk and electronic dance music. Vega’s art was similarly intense and understated. When the dealer Barbara Gladstone, who currently represents artists including Matthew Barney and Thomas Hirschhorn, moved her gallery from 57th Street to SoHo in 1983, it was Vega who inaugurated the space. via ArtNews