Throughout its history, the Quin hotel has hosted world-renowned artists and musicians, due to its location at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue in New York City, diagonally across the street from Carnegie Hall. Now, Quin Arts curator DK Johnston has combined these two artistic forms with a spirited mash-up in a group show featuring 14 exquisitely crafted D’Angelico Guitars – each reimagined by a different artist.
Each of the artists has been an artist-in-residence at the Quin in the past, or is represented in the hotel’s permanent collection. From acclaimed street-artists such as Tavar Zawacki aka ABOVE, Mando Marie and Nick Walker to photo-realist painters such as Eric Zener, artists were challenged to use a D’Angelico guitar as their “canvas,” and the stunning results go on view at the Quin starting on November 10th.
The Group Show at the Quin features the work of 14 acclaimed artists, including: ABOVE (Tavar Zawacki); Alex Yanes; ASVP; Blek le Rat; Eric Zener; Joanne CORNO; Mando Marie; Mindy Linkous; Nick Walker; Pure Evil; Robert Malmberg; SP38; The London Police; and Wulf Treu.
Brenden Cohen, CEO of D’Angelico Guitars, commented, “We’re beyond excited to be working with DK Johnston and the Quin. We hugely value partnering with artists whose vision highlights the aesthetic of our guitars — which are really art-pieces in and of themselves. We can’t wait to see what they come up with.”
Nick Walker, an acclaimed street artist from the UK who has twice served as artist-in-residence at the Quin, is among the artists participating in the group show. His reimagining of a D’Angelico Guitar blended the conception of musical notes as numbers. Walker commented, “The curves of the numbers really leant themselves to the shape of the guitar and almost resembled notes – only in number form.” After all, he added, “Everything is based on numbers.”
Photo-realist painter Eric Zener, who also served as artist-in-residence at the Quin, is represented in the group show with a guitar drawing inspiration from his series of paintings illustrating people or objects submerged in water. Zener referred to the work in the D’Angelico group show as, “The ‘sound’ of art.”
Vincent Vienne, Managing Director of the Quin, commented, “Some of the world’s most accomplished musicians and artists continue to make the Quin their home while on tour in New York, so this exhibition, uniting two art forms, is a great inspiration for our guests.”
The opening reception will be held at the Quin Hotel Thursday November 10, 2016 from 6:30-9:00pm. As always dress to impress and don’t forget to RSVP.
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