Artist in Residence


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 vibrant creative collaborations, inspiring original artworks and providing fascinating opportunities for guests to interact directly with the artists.

Autumn 2017

We were proud to present SENTRY, GUARDIANS, and ART FARE by Andy Freeberg—an American photographer celebrated for his distinctive portraits, which have been featured in Rolling Stone, Time, and Fortune. SENTRY, GUARDIANS, and ART FARE included work from three of his published series—each of which offers a unique perspective on the art world itself. Long fascinated with gallery and museum culture, Andy Freeberg, turns his camera on dealers, artists, and museum guards, exploring the interplay between the works of art, the environments in which the art is shown, and the people who engage with it.

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Late Summer 2017

During 2016, Quin Arts focused its yearlong program on the work of global street artists. In 2017, the program highlighted the work of international photographers. Now, the worlds of photography and global street art come together at the Quin, as the hotel features two separate exhibitions from renowned Danish photographer Søren Solkær. The first exhibition is devoted to Solkær’s portraits of street artists, captured along with their work, taken from his fine art photography book, SURFACE, first published in 2015. The exhibition is installed in the hotel’s triplex Penthouse Suite and in selected public areas of the hotel and is set to run from July 2017 through early 2018.

In August 2017, a second exhibition, HEART BEAT CITY, from Søren Solkær debuted in the hotel’s lobby and drawing room. This exhibition included a collection of New York images especially commissioned for the Quin, as well as a selection of SURFACE images with a New York connection. Both exhibitions were curated by DK Johnston.

Søren Solkær is a Danish photographer, born in 1969. He has been working with a global profile since 1996 and is best known for his distinctive portraits of musicians, including iconic images of Björk, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, David Lynch, The Arctic Monkeys, R.E.M. and U2.

Søren's works have been exhibited in New York, Oxford, Copenhagen, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Edinburgh, Los Angeles, Oslo, Chicago, Vancouver, Milano, Napoli, Bratislava, Reykjavik, Cologne and Prague and are featured as part of the permanent collection in The Royal Danish Library and The National Portrait Collection in Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark.

The Quin Penthouse exhibition includes more than 22 works from Søren Solkær’s SURFACE, and breaks new ground with its installation of a museum-quality exhibition on the hotel’s 17th floor capstone level. HEART BEAT CITY includes selected alternative works from SURFACE and a new series that Solkær describes as “Pop Art inspired portraits of New York,” taking cues from Andy Warhol’s colorful, “miss passes” in printing and utilizing multiple exposure techniques.

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Summer 2017

We were proud to host the first New York solo exhibition featuring the work of photographer Hilary Swift, which debuted on June 22nd at The Quin.  The exhibition, titled “Time In-Between” was curated by DK Johnston and highlighted images that captured surprising portraits and intimate moments of life in New York. Swift is a frequent contributor to The New York Times national, political and metro desks.  It’s the fleeting moments “in-between” assignments that energize Swift’s artistic life, however, and these images were the focus of the exhibition.

Spring 2017

We were proud to welcome the inspiring Dutch photographer Anne Barlinckhoff for the launch of her solo exhibition Strength Africa co-curated by DK Johnston and Hyland Mather. Barlinckhoff displays both a remarkable eye for detail and the ability to build trust with her subjects, attributes that have already earned the young artist an avid following worldwide. The exhibition, on view in public spaces within the Quin during May 2017, highlighted large works selected from the artist’s recent travels through West Africa. Strength Africa focused on intimate portraits that have become a hallmark of her work.

Barlinckhoff has been published in Vogue Italia, Dazed & Confused, Nowness, and Blink Magazine among others, and has exhibited in the USA, South Africa, Australia and across Europe. Born in 1989, Anne Barlinckhoff graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, and lives and works in both Europe and Africa.

In describing Barlinckhoff’s work from West Africa, Vogue Italia wrote that, “This series of work expresses openness and intimacy as much as physical beauty,” noting that the series offers “images of high visual and narrative contrast, as well as a newfound vulnerability.”

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Winter 2017

The Light Waves exhibition highlights two diverse expressions of Malmberg’s work and features the color saturated Neon Landscapes series, in addition to the striking black and white presentation of oversized Manhattan Contact Sheets.

Neon Landscapes is a study in photographic abstract expression. Shot on expired medium format film and a Rolleiflex camera with a broken shutter in the American West, Malmberg uses the imperfections deliberately to evoke a wildly colorful atmosphere. Inspired by modern painters such as Mark Rothko and Robert Rauschenberg, Malmberg utilizes a tangible photographic medium to capture subliminal emotion. Neon Landscapes, contemporary and bursting with electric color, marks a departure from Malmberg's acclaimed collodion process works while still fueling his passion for alternative processes.

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Winter 2017

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."

Artist in Residence Winter 2016

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, 2016.

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. 

Artist in Residence Spring 2016

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.

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Artist in Residence Summer 2016

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.

Artist in Residence Fall 2016

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

Artist in Residence Summer 2015

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.

Artist in Residence Fall 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.

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Artist in Residence Spring 2015

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.

Artist in Residence Winter 2015

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.”

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