The Quin frequently hosts gifted artists and musicians who, like earlier generations, appreciate the hotel’s proximity to Manhattan’s most significant cultural landmarks. Often this residency results in a vibrant creative collaborations, inspiring original artworks and providing fascinating opportunities for guests to interact directly with the artists.
Throughout its history, the Quin hotel has hosted world-renowned artists and musicians, due to its location at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue, 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 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."
The London Police, whose last solo show in New York was more than ten years ago at the Opera Gallery, epitomize both the evolution of the street art form and the increased attention it continues to garner. Known for their iconic LADS characters and precision marking, The London Police have celebrated more than 10 strong years in the art world and their work has graced streets and galleries in 35 countries during this time. In 2015, The London Police were commissioned to complete a mural at Sun Life Stadium, in Miami. This year, they added a mural to the high-pr
Tavar Zawacki was born in California in 1981 and now makes his home in Berlin. He has been creating public art since 1995, when he first began tagging “ABOVE” graffiti on freight trains. At the age of 19, ABOVE moved to Paris, where he started painting his trademark arrow icon pointing 'above'. Over the past 17 years he has painted artworks in the streets of over 100 cities in 60 different countries around the world.
Opening the 2016 season, Nick Walker—Quin Arts' inaugural artist-in-residence—revisited the hotel with a tour de force of historic images and a brilliant new vocabulary of abstraction. The new exhibit debuted on January 21st.
His unique style combines spray paint with intricate stenciling, creating an effect that is both eye-catching and sophisticated. Mingling photographic imagery with the flippant attitude of graffiti, Walker’s work comes off as both culturally studious and satirical.
Charles Uzzell Edwards, known as Pure Evil, is one of the leading British artists of the thriving international street art scene, exhibiting worldwide and recently launching the Pure Evil Gallery in London. For his solo show at the Quin, Pure Evil created a series of screen-prints on paper and canvas, including hand-finished prints.
Good Story, a new exhibit from Amanda Marie, engaged her vast visual language of graphic stencil imagery, creating an experience that is at once comfortingly nostalgic and compellingly bewitching. Imbued with the rascal spirit of street art culture, the work was uncanny – its dissonance alluring, playful, and powerful.
Good Story featured 9 large-scale canvases and 25 works on paper, plus 3 color screen prints, each signed by the artist, and was open to the public in June 2015.
Escape (Legalize Freedom), was an inquiry into how we escape from a world that escapes us.
Based in Berlin for the past 20 years, French street artist, painter, and performer, SP38, has papered the walls of his city, and many others across the globe, with what he calls "urban poetry." Escape (Legalize Freedom), evolved from a series that started in the village of Gang Jin in South Korea in 2010. It then became emblematic for an international performance festival in Berlin in 2012. During the summer of 2015, the “ESCAPE” icon was also used as part of the Quai 36 project on the façade of Gare du Nord railway station in Paris.
Having converted his trademark wet collodion processed prints into a fluid digital display, Robert Christian Malmberg’s work adds old world drama to the immersive atmosphere of the Quin’s lobby.
Since the acquisition of his first 35mm camera in 2001, Kentucky-raised Malmberg has developed a style all his own. His wet plate collodion process involves coating, sensitizing, exposing, and developing photographic material within minutes of taking an image in a darkroom. Working in his studios in New York and San Francisco, the award winning photographer and filmmaker has a created a signature style that juxtaposes antiquated photographic techniques with contemporary subject matter.
Make Your Own Luck takes a closer look at a selection of common objects that have encouraged millions of people to dream and to feel safe to unlock their imaginations. Whether illusory or not, these objects have offered a sense of self-confidence and protection. The Make Your Own Luck series stems directly from a wildly popular previous series of works featuring oversized raffle tickets. The “KEEP THIS COUPON” series was the team’s first foray into a deeper look at luck and the seemingly never-ending obsession with succeeding through chance. The new exhibit at the Quin featured more than 50 works on paper in addition to a selection of works on canvas.
ASVP comments, “With ‘KEEP THIS COUPON’ we were examining what felt like a corruption of the childlike sense of hope and wonder, or of dreaming and luck. In our new series for the Quin, we’re extending our examination of luck and hope, but I’d say in a more optimistic way – or at least in way that recognizes that human yearning for a talisman or for protection.”
Is there a definitive travel memory that influences your work?
New York City was always on my mind. This city influenced me even before my [first] trip took place.
What do you love most about New York and working here as an artist?
That it is impolite, aggressive, fast -- so fast that there is no past and no tomorrow; only NOW. And this hostile environment is perhaps the perfect showcase for my subjects.
What are your travel essentials?
iPhone, iPad, charger, passport, credit cards, and my flat iron
Is there a definitive travel memory that influences your work?
During my residency in Spain, while perched out at the end of a castle overlooking the ocean, I had a poignant moment that really solidified my relationship with water as a subject.
A sense of nostalgia seems to pervade your paintings. Why is water such a relevant gateway for you?
As adults we lose a sense of recklessness. Water is a sanctuary—a portal through which you can hide from the noise of adulthood and everything we’re challenged with. Returning to water gives you a break from the chaos of everyday life.
Widely recognized as the “Father of stencil graffiti,” and “the man that gave birth to Banksy” Xavier Prou first rose to prominence under the pseudonym, Blek le Rat, in Paris in the 1980s. The rat, a symbol of the persistent spread of street art and an anagram for the word art, is an apt marker for the influential artist. Inspired by the early graffiti of the 1970s in New York City in particular the prolific works of TAKI 183 and then UK transplant Richard Hamilton, Prou’s iconic work rapidly spread throughout Paris and Europe.
Violinist Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences the world over since the age of three. Equally comfortable with Classical and Pop music, her diverse talents and improvisational skills have led to countless performance opportunities, including concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall, performing as the first instrumentalist ever at St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican and playing at the Latin Grammy's in Miami. Rosemary's latest visit to New York includes a performance at Carnegie Hall as Concert Master for National Sacred Honor Choir and an intimate private recital in the Quin Lobby for guests and New York music aficionados as part of the hotel's ground-breaking Quin Arts program.