Sept 27 – Dec 17, 2011
work by Richard Artschwager, Joianne Bittle, Matthew Brandt, Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Anthony Campuzano, Graham Collins, Stacy Fisher, Ethan Greenbaum, Karen Heagle, Nick Hornby, Shaun Krupa, Jim Lee, Gina Magid, John J. O’Connor, Lisi Raskin, Ryan Steadman, Brent Steen, and Letha Wilson
“Passionate commitment to the modern lifestyle” may sound like an epitaph for Richard Hamilton, but is, in fact, one of a handful of slogans for the Ian Schrager renovation of the Gramercy Park Hotel, a building that has been reinvented many times over, always with an artistic sensibility. Hamilton understood the fearsome power of the Modern and walked a fine line between ironic commentary (his famous collage was originally titled “Portrait of Hugh Gaitskell as a famous monster of film land” after the Labor party politician that he despised) and reverence (throughout his life he was engaged in industrial design and computer technology as part of his art practice). But above all, Hamilton was an artist who believed in the future. 50 Gramercy Park North, the residential portion of the Gramercy Park Hotel, embodies this idea as a building that has been ingeniously re-branded time and again to attract the city’s forerunners of style and modernity.
“So Different, So Appealing” brings together eighteen artists who reinterpret the present with hope for the futre. Much of the work in the show joyfully breaks apart something of modern style or convenience and puts it back together in a way that adds to the life of the object–adds, amplifies, and compounds, not to render the artists’ muses unintelligible, but instead to reinvent them, to build and rebuild while keeping the history of the original there for all to see.
Note: The exhibition is open by appointment; contact firstname.lastname@example.org.