Artist in Residence

The Art of the Sea

The Art of the Sea echoed the sentiments of one of the Quin’s former residents, painter Marc Chagall, who expressed that “Great art picks up where nature ends.” The Art of the Sea explored the depths of water as a central element, through a dynamic range of mediums. The result was a powerful and fluid composition of photography, video, collage works, and silk prints from seven local and international artists including Dan Balilty, Michael Dweck, Michael DiDonna, Delphine Diallo, Adam Guy, Anne Menke, and Ruvan Wijesooriya.

Each of the artists explored water as a central element of their work, evoking the ebbs, flows, and raw power of water in a range of mediums.  Among the works was a 13-screen video wall installation from the artist Dan Balilty. Balilty, a native of Israel, works in both still photo and video formats, drawing both on his artistic and journalistic experience, as he has worked for the Associated Press and Reuters in London. Michael Dweck was born on Long Island, New York and documented the surfing community of Montauk in his acclaimed work of fine arts photography, The End: Montauk, NY, published by Abrams in 2004. His works have appeared in solo photography shows at Sotheby’s and a range of gallery exhibitions, while his advertising work has earned a Gold Lion at Cannes, among other honors.

Michael Diddona was born and raised in New York, going on to receive a BFA in photography and music at Hampshire College.  He has combined his interest in film, photography and music in his work, and has also achieved commercial success with clients including Swarovski and Guess Jeans. Delphine Diallo is a Brooklyn-based French and Senegalese visual artist and photographer.  She graduated from the Académie Charpentier School of Visual Art in Paris and uses analog and digital photography, collage and illustration, 3D printing and virtual reality technologies as she continues to explore new mediums.

Adam Guy was born in Oahu, but was raised in Kauai, influencing his perceptions of art and nature. Drawing his inspiration from street culture and wide ranging road trips, Guy is a frequent contributor to style blogs and magazines in addition to commercial clients. Anne Mencke was born in Germany and has lived and worked in London, Paris and New York City, currently dividing her time between New York and Sayulita, Mexico. Her work has appeared in magazines including W, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Travel + leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and Vogue. She published the photography book, Our New York in conjunction with Tommy Hilfiger in 2001, and more recently, See the World Beautiful in 2012. Ruvan Wijesooriya was born in Minnesota and combines still photography and video in his art. His work has appeared in group exhibitions ranging from 21° N, 87° W, to Absolut Art Fair and The Last Show as well as Illegal Gallery in New York. He has supported the NY Coalition for the Homeless through auctions of his work.

The curators also partnered with the Surfrider Foundation to raise awareness through the exhibition about the impacts of global warming on the world’s oceans, including rising sea levels and an urgent need for coastal communities to adapt to a changing climate.

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A crashing wave after a storm


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.

Painting of a vandal figure holding a pocket watch

Summer 2018

And Suddenly the Picture was Distorted, presented in partnership with Doyle, was inspired by a lyric from legendary German electronic group Kraftwerk’s “The Hall of Mirrors”—a song that explores image, obsession, and the disconnect between how we perceive ourselves versus how others see us. Comprised of new works and pieces from private collections, it challenged perceptions and manipulated images, employing found materials and a variety of techniques and mediums.

Winter 2018

In February, we were proud to debut a compelling exhibit in partnership with the New York Academy of Art. The collection, co-curated by DK Johnston and Heidi Elbers, Director of Exhibitions at the Academy, featured work from seven of the prestigious graduate program’s most accomplished alumni: Tamalin Baumgarten, Shauna Finn, Alexis Hilliard, Gianna Putrino, James Razko, Nicolas V. Sanchez, and Gabriel Zea. The exhibit was on view to the public at The Quin through April 2018.

Abstract art by Hilliard
Three stylized sunflowers in varying colors

Spring 2018

We were proud to present  IN BLOOM—a vibrant celebration of spring in New York City. Floral-themed pieces, each crafted in the respective signature style of 29 participating artists, flourished alongside Central Park during the magical season of spring 2018.

Winter 2018

The Voice of a Generation featured works by remarkable UK-based artists: Alexandra Lethbridge, Jasmine Pradissitto, Tim A. Shaw, David Aiu Servan Schreiber. As one might expect from a group show that includes an artist with a PhD in quantum physics, another spearheading art installations in hospitals, and a third whose research based-art provocatively blends fact with fiction, the mixed-media exhibition presented innovative works that challenged visitors’ visual and conceptual perceptions of the world. Themes of illusion, intervention, and shifting perspectives weaved through the exhibition, which was on view in public areas throughout the Quin.

Collage of various mixed media art work
Photo by Bo Bridges of men kayaking next to a glacier

Winter 2017

Our year-long photography series reached a high-octane conclusion in November with the debut of an exhibition from acclaimed photographer Bo Bridges titled, “Fear the Life Unlived.” Curated by DK Johnston, the exhibition displayed Bridges’ trademark passion for outdoor adventure and impactful moments. The exhibition also included a 13-screen video art wall display, highlighting Bridges’ work with leading celebrities, athletes and musicians. 

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. 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.

Artwork - A young adult in green jacket and red baseball cap lying on a bed
A work of art featuring the Statue of Liberty

Late Summer 2017

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.

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.

Group of raccoons in New York City
Photograph of 3 African women standing cheek to cheek

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.


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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Red, yellow, and green painting called Light Waves
Black guitar with blue embellishments

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."

Drawing of a man spray painting "I love NY" on a building

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. 

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.

View photos from the Artist Salon here.

Drawing of Audrey Hepburn with a long black tear coming from her eye

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