After opening its doors in 1988, The Peninsula New York is proud to celebrate the hotel's 30th Anniversary with a curated art installation of works from artists made famous in the 1980’s.
Installed throughout the public spaces of The Peninsula New York, the exhibition features original works of Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Keith Haring, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Barbara Kruger and Michael Halsband. The special 30th Anniversary exhibit is part of Circa 1881’s ongoing partnership with The Peninsula Hotels to present rotating art exhibitions of world-class contemporary art.
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 coloured, 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 Warhol available for viewing through to the end of October include “Sausage Tree” (1986), “Toy Painting Robot” (1981) and “Diamond Dusk Candy Box” (1981), all of which are on view in the upper lobby.
Italian contemporary artist 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-Michel 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.