Northport, NY - Akkseum and Gallery 37 present the stunning works of counterculture icon Louis Abolafia at their November 1st Masquerade themed event. The event focuses not only on Abolafia's prolific artistic career- the Gallery has access to over 200 pieces from the family's personal collection- but also his political career.
Abolafia first gained notoriety early in his career for guerrilla-like protests of the art industry. When he was a student he snuck one of his own pieces into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and hung it on the wall with other great masters. Abolafia continued to push the envelope in 1968 when he began his underground campaign for president, despite not being of legal age to run. His slogan- "What have I got to hide?" an apt phrase for the man running under the Nudist Party platform and on The Love Ticket.
Later in life Louis Abolafia went bi-coastal and moved to San Francisco. In the City by the Bay, Abolafia met and partnered with a like minded soul, Perry Mann. Mann and Abolafia together created the annual Halloween Extravaganza, The Exotic Erotic Ball. This event originally was designed to fund Abolafia's perennial political campaigns. However, the Ball itself turned into a must-see event in the Bay Area. International stars, performers, and citizens of all kinds would come to San Francisco every year to participate. The affair was held every year until 2010.
In addition to his unorthodox political campaigns, erotic happenings, and impressive art works, Abolafia, also known as "The Love King", was a social activist. He began a runaway shelter out of his New York studio. Not only would he help and shelter young runaways, but he would paint them as well. His work in the city endeared him to celebrities like Bob Dylan. While Dylan is often attributed with first saying "Make love not war" many cite Abolafia as creating the phrase.
A portion of all sales of Louis Abolafia's work and all other Gallery 37 pieces from November to January will be donated to Kristy's Smile Foundation to help provide direct relief and homeless services to low-income individuals, children and their families on Long Island. The majority of funds are allocated to the Family Service League's Community Advocacy Information and Referral Program (CAIR) & the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI). The foundation honors the life of Huntington native Kristy Irvine-Ryan, a victim of the 9/11 attack on NYC. Please visit Kristy's Smile on Facebook for more information.