The Quin has hosted some of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists and musicians, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Marc Chagall and the famous pianist Ignacy Paderweski, all of whom called the hotel home during their lives in New York.
A distant descendant of the wine-drenched Greek Symposia, artist salons originated in Italy and flourished in 16th and 17th-century France as lively hubs of culture and conversation. Helping to foment the emergence of academic intellectualism during the Age of Enlightenment, these high profile gatherings took place in the homes of affluent hosts, especially in Paris.
The Quin believes in rekindling the energy of these vibrant micro-communities. By bringing together artists, collectors, and art-lovers, our contemporary salons foster real life communities centered around lively conversations and the open exchange of knowledge. Such assemblies, we hope, will be a place that art and creativity can flourish.
“One can't paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”
Georgia O’Keeffe is generally regarded as one of the most significant American artists of the 20th century.
Photographer Alfred Stieglitz, whom she would later marry, gave O’Keeffe her first gallery show in 1916 at his famous New York space, “291.” The couple lived in New York, though O’Keeffe frequently visited New Mexico.
Andy Warhol was arguably the most influential American pop artist in New York during the 1960s and 70s. Warhol garnered fame for his ubiquitous and timely art works, but also (and perhaps more sensationally) for his lavishly bohemian lifestyle and eccentric personality. Warhol’s look – silver-haired, fashionable, and lithe – was nearly as recognizable as his work. His studio, famously known as The Factory, was located in three different buildings in Midtown and Union Square, from the early sixties to the mid-eighties. It was here that Warhol produced his famous lithographs and silkscreens, but this workspace doubled as a hangout spot for Warhol’s exclusive soirees and art gatherings – events that have their own special place in New York City’s cultural heritage.
"In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art, It is the color of love."
French painter, printmaker, and designer Marc Chagall is predominantly known for his unique permutations of elements of Symbolism, Cubism, and Fauvism. Fleeing anti-semetism in Europe, he worked in New York during the 1940s, living at the hotel during much of that period.
Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Padereski filled Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden with concerts in the 1920s.
The talented musician went on to become a diplomat and statesman and first prime minister of modern Poland.
But music was still in Padereski’s heart, and in 1922, he resigned all of his political posts to return to international concert tours. Paderewski returned to New York towards the end of his life and was a longtime resident of the Quin hotel.