#TBT: 1988 Art Rewind


This week, Throwback Thursday’s Art Rewind features 1988 in all its big-haired, puff-sleeved glory. So impress your friends with your trivia chops, relive your glory days, or find out just what the heck happened in the world of art in 1988.  And don’t forget to tune in to Twins starring Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday, March 12th at 8 ET/5 PT.


And Now, Your 1988 Art Rewind…


1. Anna Wintour becomes Editor in Chief of Vogue and makes a splash with her very first cover by selecting an image of the model wearing jeans (shocking!).



2. After a highly successful run in London’s West End, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera comes to the America featuring the original stars, Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford.  It is now the longest-running show in Broadway history.



3. Celebrated artist Jean-Michel Basquiat dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.



4. The original Globe Theatre (of Shakespeare fame) is uncovered by archaeologists in London.



5. Sotheby’s auctions off a large portion of Andy Warhol’s estate to raise funds for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  Over 10,000 lots were offered during the 10-day auction and generated $25 million.  One of Warhol’s kitschy cookie jars went for $250,000.



6. CDs outsold vinyl records for the first time.  (25 years later, CDs are almost obsolete.)



7. The movie “Big” takes theaters by storm, establishing Tom Hanks as a major movie star.  It’s foot-piano scene became a classic movie clip.  It was also the first movie directed by a woman (Penny Marshall) to gross over $100 million.



8. The seventeenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Natalie Cole, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Reba McEntire and Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons.