Best in 2017
Johm Lennon + Yoko Ono | Gene Spatz
In reviewing her year, covering everything from Confederate monument controversies to local ghost stories and food science, NPR arts and culture reporter for WFPL Louisville, Ashlie Stevens, identified her story on POBA legacy artist Gene Spatz as one of the Best of 2017. Thinking back on her extensive interview in with Gene Spatz’ sister Amy Lowen, who lives in Louisville, and with Regan McCarthy, Co-Managing Director of POBA, Stevens remarked that “This story was a touching look at the things our loved ones leave behind and how they can tell us things about them that we didn’t know. Also, getting to take a look at images of John Lennon, Barbara Streisand and Bill Murray that had never before been seen by the public was pretty surreal.” Find the original story here: Lennon, Warhol And Streisand: Unpacking The Louisville Archives Of A Celebrity Photographer.
Stevens’ remarks capture the essence of POBA: preserving creative legacies of talented and under-recognized deceased artists whose work would otherwise be lost to us, telling these artists’ stories, and bringing new, sometimes never-seen-before and always exceptional works of art to the public.