Gartel is a founding "PIONEER" of the Digital Art movement. Gartel could also be considered the father of the paintbox era (circa 1986), who actually started this technique 10 years prior to any software being written for painting and photo-manipulation. He used digital synthesizers, TVs and then output photographically as a dyesub & Polaroid prints. It was also 10 years before Warhol did his Amiga prints of Deborah Harry.

His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, PS 1, Norton Museum and in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History and the Bibliotheque Nationale. His biography for his pioneering efforts is included in "Who's Who," "Who's Who in the East," "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in American Art," and "Who's Who in the World."

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Gartel had the opportunity to teach Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer, went to School of Visual Arts, with fellow art student, grafitti artist Keith Haring, where he earned his BFA degree majoring in Graphics, and started his electronic career working side by side with Nam June Paik at Media Study/Buffalo in upstate New York.

Gartel had many associations with musicians such as Debbie Harry (Blonde) Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), Stiv Bators (Dead Boys) Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls) Ace Frehley (Kiss) and Wendy O Williams (Plasmatics). Recently, Gartel has created artwork for such Pop Culture stars such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

He has several monograph books on his work:
"Laurence Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance" published by Gibbs Smith, (c) 1989 Utah. Introduction to the book is written by video guru Nam June Paik.

"GARTEL: Arte & Tecnologia" published by Edizioni Mazzotta, (c) 1998 Milano, Italy. Introduction to the book is written by noted art historian and critic
Pierre Restany. 250 pages over 400 colour plates.

Gartel was recently included in the Italian Art History Textbook: "La Storia Dell Arte" published by Editions Giunti (c) 2001, Firenze. Michelangelo at the front of the book and GARTEL being the last page representing "NEW VISUAL LANGUAGES."

"The gallery made international history again in December 1990, when Laurence Gartel used digital cameras developed by Canon for the Gulf War to photograph visitors as they entered the gallery and the first large toner printer, the Canon Bubble Jet, to output manipulated color prints of their images. "It was fun to see how Larry could shoot photos of people as they entered the gallery, manipulate them on a computer, and then print them out right away," Miller said. "Everyone does it to-day, but it was phenomenal at that time." Gartel, whose book, "Laurence M. Gartel, A Cybernetic Romance" (Gibbs Smith, 1989, illustrations by Nam June Paik) is considered the first book on an individual's computer-generated art, believes the event was the first time in history digital art was produced at a gallery's opening reception."

~Virginia Miller, Artspace/Virginia Miller Galleries
Miami Art Guide, December 2004

Selected Articles
Selected Articles On
Laurence Gartel

"Gartel" Digital Imaging Magazine, Missy Harris 7/01

"The Hyper-real world," Citylink, Fl. Candice Russell 5/01

"art 1.1: GARTEL upgrades work with computer." Palm beach post,
FL. Gary schwan 4/01

"foto finish." Sun sentinel, Fl, scot luft 4/01

"Gartel honored with Hyer-real expressionism,"
Boca raton news, Fl. 4/01

"Cuzins," jump magazine, milano, italy (COVER) 2’01

"E-ART," Rangefinder magazine, santa monica, ca. 2’01

"Breaking all the Rules," Photographer’s Forum Magazine,
Interview Ken Lassiter, 2000

"GARTEL," Israeli Photography Magazine, Tel Aviv, 2000 (COVER)

"GARTEL: RAM RAIDER?" British Journal of Photography, Sarah Brown,
UK 1/2000

"GARTEL: Second Renaissance?" Digital Fine Art Mag, Leela Moore, NJ, 8/99

"GARTEL," Arte Magazine, Gianluca Marziani, Milan, Italy 7/99

"Profile: Laurence Gartel," Rangefinder Magazine,
Santa Monica, CA, 7/99 (COVER)


"Pionier Kunstler," Foto-PC Magazine, Munich, Germany 3/99

" Lezione di Storia " GRAPHICS & PUBLISHING " Massimo Cremagnani 1/99

" Laurence Gartel " D'ARS Magazine Pierre Restany 3/99

"Larry Gartel," Sebastiano Grasso, Corriere Della Sera, Milan, Italy, 1998

"Un Computer come tavolozza" Maria Grazia Villa, Gazzetta di Parma,

" Laurence Gartel" Balthazar Modigliani, 02 Art + Show Milan Italy,

" Laurence Gartel" JULIET Art Magazine, 11/98

"Laurence Gartel's Pulsation’s," DOMUS Mag., Pierre Restany,
Milan, Italy, 11/98

"Laurence Gartel," KULT Magazine, Giacomo Papi, Milan, Italy, 11/98 (COVER)

"Maxi-puzzle al Computer." IL Giorno, Gian Marco Waich,
Milan, Italy, 11/19/98

"Eine Kybernetische Romanze," ARTPROFIL Mag., Dr. Helmut Orpel,
Germany, 6'98

"Masterpieces Computer," Palm Beach Times, FL, April 1998 ( BACK COVER)

"Die Geduld des Papiers ist endlos," Tiroler Tageszietung,
Tirol, Austria, March 1998

"20 Jahre Computerkunst: L. Gartel, Fritz Mag, V. Nebgen,
Frankfurt, Germany, April 1997

"Digital Art at the Miami International Airport," WING TIPS Mag.,
MN, April 1997

"Computerkunst,"Frankfurter Neue Presse, Wolfgang Lieser,
Frankfurt, Germany, 1997

"ComputerKunst in Amerika Haus," Wiesbadener Kurier,
Germany, March 1997

"Laurence Gartel, Interview," LA Cult Online Mag. Donna Anderson,
Dec. 1996

"Testing the Pencil," Photo Electronic Mag. Ingrid Krampe,
Atlanta, GA, May 1996

"Electric Art," Sun Sentinel, Toni Rogers, Palm Beach, FL, October 1995

"Laurence Gartel," Culture Magazine, Paul Aho, Palm Beach, FL, Fall 1995

"Kunst wachst an den Tasten des Computers, Wiesbadener Tagblatt, Germany 1995

"Electronk auf dem Weg zur Kunst," Wiesbadener Kurier, Germany, 1995

"Liebesterklarung an den Computer," Wiesbadener Kurier, Germany, 1995

"Love at First te," Alexandria Daily Town Talk, LA, Alice Story, March 1995

"Downloading a Masterpiece," P. Beach Daily News, FL,
Jan Sjostrom, Jan. 1995

"Digital Pioneer," Digital Photography, P.157 Mikkel Aaland, S.F., CA, 1992

"Absolut Gartel" Studio Photography Magazine, NY, November 1992

"Image wizardry" Mary Ann Marger, St. Pete Times, FL, Aug. 28, 1992

"Computer Artist Creates High Voltage Artwork" Joan Altabe,
Sarasota Tribune, FL, 7/26/92

"Nuvo Japonica" WINDS Magazine, L. Gartel, Tokyo, Japan, 1992

"Master of the New Renaissance," Confetti Mag, N. Bartels,
Chicago, IL, April, 1991

"Computer Art," Miami Herald, Elisa Turner, FL, January 1991

"York High Discovers Art for 21st Century," York County Focus,
Rene Lessard, ME, 10/90

"And The Artists Will Rise," Info Magazine, Jeff Lowenthal,
IA, September 1990

"Laurence Gartel," Our Way Magazine, Shin Tsurumaru, Tokyo, Japan 1990

"GARTEL: East Meets West," Chieftain Newspaper, Lyman Pitman,
Pueblo, CO, 1/28/90

"Laying It On The Line," How Magazine, Cincinnati, OH, Jan/Feb. '90

"Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance,"Verbum Mag, M. Gosney,
San Diego, CA, Feb1990

"Laurence Gartel: A Cybemetic Romance," Art Direction Mag., Jan '90

"Artists's Brush Is A Computer," Times Record, M. Hendrix,
ME, Nov. 22, 1989

"Computer Art Explores Cultures,"York County Star, S. Nudelman,
ME, Nov 22, 1989

"Gartel: Way Of Computer," ME Eve. Press, B.Niss,
Portland, ME, Nov 2, '89

"The Art of Technology," Casco Bay Weekly, Leslie Morison,
ME, November 1989

"On Nuvo Japonica" Judith Sobol, Director, Payson Gallery,
Portland, ME, 1989

"Computer Graphics Gartel," IDEA Mag, Hisaka Kojima,
Tokyo, Japan Nov 1989

"Testing The Limits, Making Demands," NY Times, Phyllis Braff,
NY, Jan. 29, 1989

"Out Of Bounds," Southampton Press, Ramashwar Das,
Southampton, NY, 1989

"Laurence M. Gartel" Advertising Age Magazine, NY, Dec. 1989

"Cybernetic Romance," Aktueller Software Mag., M. Siegk,
Germany, April 1989

"Homegrown," Long Island Monthly Magazine, NY, Oct. 1989

"Cybernetic Romance," Computer Graphics Today; NCGA News Journal,
NY, 1989

"Modern Romance Via Computer'', NY Times, Helen Harrison,
NY, Oct 30, 1988

"Art Macintosh," SouthWest Art Mag., Jacqueline Pontello, TX, 1988

"Computer Art," St. Petersburg Times, Mary Ann Marger,
Tampa, FL, Aug. 23, 1987

"The Electronic Image," Darkroom Mag. Richard Altman,
Los Angeles, CA, 1987

"Computer Art," City Magazine, Geneva, Switzerland, Dec. 1987

"CG Prof. Draws District-Wide Attention," L.I. Advance, N. Cozine,
Bayport, NY, 87

"Laurence M. Gartel," ZOOM Mag., (American & French Editions),
Paris, France, 1986

"New Tools, New Art," School Arts Magazine, Laurence M. Gartel, NY, 1986

"The Expensive Paint Brush," Computer Living, Ellis Booker, NY, April 1985

"New Media, Modern Messages," Newsday, Malcolm Preston, NY, 1984

"Fantasia Ben Calcolata," PM Mag, Arturo Quintavalle, Leini,
Italy, Gennaio 1983

"Video Art: Ready for Prime Time," NY Times, Phyllis Braff, NY, 1983

"The Tube is His Canvas," Sunday Newsday Magazine, Stan Greene, NY, 1981

"Galleries That Welcome New Talent," NY Times, Michael Russo, NY, 1980

"Art/Photography Exhibit," Newsday, Malcolm Preston, NY, 1979

"Exploring New Processes in Photography," NY Times, Helen Harrison,
NY, 1979

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