The Peninsula New York Debuts Curated 1980's Art Exhibition

The Peninsula New York Debuts Curated 1980's Art Exhibition

After opening their doors in 1998, The Peninsula New York is proud to be celebrating their 30th Anniversary with a curated art exhibition celebrating artists who were prominent in the 1980s. The exhibition, installed throughout the public spaces of the hotel, features a collection of original works of Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Barbara Kreuger.

In addition to the works, the exhibition features three iconic portraits of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat by famed photographer Michael Halsband, from when the two visited his studio on July 10, 1985. The images were taken to create a boxing-style poster to announce the collaboration of the two artists for a future exhibition. The three portraits, “Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat #133,” “Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat #1 (first roll, first frame of the sitting),” and “Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat #143” are on display in the hotel’s Palm Court.

Andy Warhol is viewed as the father of a movement that shaped the New York art world during the 1980s. The story of his famed Campbell’s Soup works not only established the beginning of the Pop Art movement in 1962, it became one of the most iconic, signature pieces of Andy Warhol’s career. With this, the hotel has installed 10 original screen prints of Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup” in the upper lobby seating area, for visitors to view until the end of October.

Warhol’s interpretation of Chairman Mao resulted in the creation of a portfolio that contains ten brightly colored, monumental portraits that now cover the walls of the hotel’s Gotham Lounge and are available to view until the end of August. These portraits illustrate Warhol’s fascination with the clash of imagery between Communist propaganda and Western fashion, in keeping with his portraits of other famed celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.

Additional works by Andy Warhol available for viewing through October at The Peninsula New York include “Sausage Tree” (1986), “Toy Painting Robot” (1981) and “Diamond Dusk Candy Box” (1981), all of which are on view in the upper lobby.

Keith Haring’s rise to fame in the 1980s is attributed to his pop art and graffiti-like drawings in New York City’s subways, which he considered to be his “laboratory.” Upon arriving to the hotel, guests will immediately notice Haring’s large-scale piece, “Untitled,” which overtakes the lower lobby seating area, filling the space with red and black hues painted on metal. His work “Untitled Subway Drawing” (1, 1981-1985) will be on display in The Peninsula New York’s Palm Court while his work “Totem” (1981-1982) will be on display to the left of the Concierge desk. In addition, his work, “Untitled Subway Drawing” (2) is available for viewing in the hotel’s upper lobby across from the front desk reception area. All works will be on display until the end of October.

Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente’s wide-ranging works of the 1980s often centered on various representations of the human body, evoking sexuality and religion. He was known to often collaborate with the likes of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michael Basquiat. His work, “Number Five” (1985), is on view across from the front desk reception, while his self-portrait of Andy Warhol (1982-1987) can be viewed in the Palm Court until close of October.

In addition, works from Jean-Michel Basquiat (1984, “Untitled”) and Barbara Kruger (1980, “Untitled, Your Pleasure is Spasmodic and Short Lived”) are currently on display at the top of the stairs as guests enter Gotham Lounge and in the Palm Court, respectively.

To stay up-to-date and discover more of the special events and exciting promotions planned to launch throughout the year in honor of The Peninsula New York’s 30th Anniversary celebration, please check back on our website throughout the year.