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A Fine Art Experience

October 01, 2014

The Peninsula New York is excited to present a curated installation of artwork adorning the hotel’s lobby and Gotham Lounge. Featuring renowned contemporary artists, this collection marks the fifth collaborative exhibition with Circa 1881, an initiative by private art collectors to share their collections with the public through curated art programs. Each artwork on display is accompanied by a label with a unique QR code linking to, where more in-depth information on the artwork is available.

Lower Lobby

The focal point of the sitting area is a mixed media work by the celebrated British artist Keith Tyson, a recipient of the prestigious Turner Prize. Studio Wall Drawing: And so my river flows is part of an ongoing series of identically sized works that document Tyson's ideas, thoughts and emotions, as well as current events.
Nearby, a full-length, black-and-white portrait of Sophia Loren is one of numerous photographs taken by pioneering German photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt on the set of Vittorio De Sica’s 1964 dramatic comedy, Marriage Italian Style. Known for his distinct, highly stylized black-and-white portraits and nudes, Herb Ritts’ Stephanie, Cindy, Tatjana, Naomi 1. Hollywood, is among his most iconic and celebrated photographs.

Gotham Lounge

The Gotham Lounge features an assortment of large-scale pieces from international artists, including After the Bath, After Degas, part of a series of works from Brazilian art world star Vik Muniz entitled “Pictures of Magazines 2” in which he used magazine cutouts to reinvent paintings by several renowned historical artists, including Manet, Van Gogh and Courbet. American conceptual artist Adam Pendleton’s For David was part of his 2014 solo exhibition at Pace Gallery: My Education: A Portrait of David Hillard (2011–2014).

The space also showcases the brilliantly colored Needle Point Ceremony II from the Hungarian born, New York based artist Rita Ackermann; Polish artist Paulina Olowska’s African Mask (after Man Ray), a collage of the celebrated 1926 Man Ray photograph Kiki with African Mask; the heliograph La Brea T1 by Los Angeles based photographer Mathew Brandt; and Untitled, part of a series of abstract silk works from German-Finnish artist Matti Braun.

Upper Lobby

The Upper Lobby reception area features three works by American artists. Los Angeles based Jonas Wood’s My Old Bedroom Shelf uses a unique use of perspective to present a close-up composition of personal photographs and tchotchkes that offer an intimate glimpse into the artist’s past. Prominent American actor James Franco’s Film Still #58 is one of 32 overt reenactments of Cindy Sherman’s landmark body of work “Untitled Film Stills,” in which Sherman appropriated and staged 69 female stereotypes that repeatedly appeared in postwar American films.

On display in the Upper Lobby Sitting Area is a pair of 1972 prints by renowned Spanish Catalan artist Joan Miro, The Blue Star and The Green Moon. These works reflect Miro’s interest in Surrealism and frequent use of symbols. 

About Circa 1881
Circa 1881 produces art exhibitions and programs for non-profit institutions and private companies interested in displaying world-class contemporary art in their public spaces. The exhibited artworks are borrowed from Circa 1881’s lending library, consisting of inventory from private collections it has under management.  

Learn more about the individual pieces:

Keith Tyson, Studio Wall Drawing: And so my river flows, 2008
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Sofia Loren.  Marriage Italian Style, 1964
Herb Ritts, Stephanie, Cindy, Tatjana, Naomi 1. Hollywood, 1989
Rita Ackermann, Needle Point Ceremony II, 2012
Vik Muniz, After the Bath, After Degas, 2011
Paulina Olowska, African Mask (after Man Ray), 2013
Matthew Brandt, La Brea T1, 2014
Adam Pendleton, For David, 2014
Matti Braun, Untitled, 2013
Bill Viola, Old Oak, 2005
Jonas Wood, My Old Bedroom Shelf, 2013
James Franco, Film Still #58, 2013
Joan Miró, The Blue Star, 1972
Joan Miró, The Green Moon, 1972