Fun Gallery Co-Founder and 'Wild Style' Actress Patti Astor Dead at 74

Fun Gallery Co-Founder and 'Wild Style' Actress Patti Astor Dead at 74

Published Thu, April 11, 2024 at 2:15 PM EDT

Fun Gallery founder and Wild Style actress Patti Astor has died at 74 years of age. Astor was best known for her portrayal of reporter Virginia in Hip-Hop's first movie, Wild Style. The movie's co-creator Fab 5 Freddy paid tribute to Astor in an IG post.

"I’m really gonna miss you Patti, you are forever a part of Hip Hop history and will never be forgotten," he wrote. "Patti Astor, downtown NY’s favorite underground film star believed in all we were doing long before this culture exploded. When Charlie Ahearn and I were putting Hip Hop's 1st feature film Wild Style together you campaigned hard for the role of Virginia the reporter and won it."

Astor is also the co-founder of the Fun Gallery, an art gallery that she started with Bill Sterling in 1981 and operated until 1985. The Fun Gallery, which is credited as the first art gallery in Manhattan's East Village showcased the art of Graffiti writers such as Fab 5 Freddy, Futura 2000, Lady Pink, Dondi, Lee Quinones, Zephyr, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Fab 5 Freddy, spoke of The Fun Gallery in his IG post. "While we were making the movie the idea for the Fun Gallery in the East Village was born and you asked me to do a solo show there which was the 2nd exhibit and the rest of our crew also joined in including, Futura 2000, Keith Haring, Dondi, Zephyr, Kenny Scharf, Jean-Michele Basquiat, Keiley Jenkins, Arch Conally & Jane Dixon," he remembered. "We became the Fun Gallery crew & shook up the art world! Thanks for so many amazing memories, Patti Astor. Your star will shine bright until the end of time!!"

Rest In Peace Patti Astor.

Photo: Joe Conzo Jr. 2023

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