2002 Gibson Custom Shop Laurence Gartel Explorer

Price Available By Request

This is the only Gibson Explorerl that was completed by Laurence at the request of the Gibson Custom Shop. It was for a Custom Shop series to be known as “The Gartel Gibsons” this guitar is designated “Prototype #1” (Prototype #2 was the Gibson Les Paul in stock as well), Laurence also applied the same treatment to a Ferrari but we missed out on that!!

Offered here is an investment quality one-of-kind Gibson Explorer model guitar, created by digital art innovator and living legend, Laurence Gartel at the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville in 2000 – 2001. The dynamic image on this unique and fully functional GibsonExplorer is part of Gartel’s riveting series called “Cuzins”

  • Number 1 prototype created for a special custom limited edition issue of Gartel Gibsons
  • No more were made
  • Never before offered for sale
  • Never played; never used
  • Custom hard case
  • Excellent condition direct from the artist’s studio
  • Certificate of Authenticity

Often referred to as the “godfather” of digital art, Mr. Gartel taught Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer, earned his BFA in Graphics at the School of Visual Arts (with classmate Keith Haring) and began his electronic career working side by side with the late Nam June Paik.

Mr. Gartel’s work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum — where his “Nuvo Japonica Series” replaced the Van Gogh “Irises” at that museum right after “Irises” was sold at auction for $53 million dollars in 1989 — Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, P.S. 1, and the Norton Museum.

His work is held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History and the Bibliotheque Nationale. There are several monograph books on his work, including Laurence Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance written by the artist with an introduction to the book written by video guru Nam June Paik; “GARTEL: Arte & Tecnologia” published by Edizioni Mazzotta in 1998 with an introduction written by noted art historian and critic Pierre Restany; and in the Italian art history textbook, “La Storia Dell Arte” published by Editions Giunti, 2001, Florence, with Michelangelo at the front of the book and GARTEL being the last page representing “NEW VISUAL LANGUAGES.”


Laurence Gartel Profile on Youtube.