NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jul 11, 2016) - International street artist Tavar Zawacki, best known to his fans as ABOVE, brings his signature style to the global street art series at the Quin hotel on July 14 with a solo exhibition curated by DK Johnston. New York's quintessential luxury lifestyle hotel, the Quin, located at the corner of 57th Street and Sixth Avenue, has become a welcoming exhibition space for artists from around the world as a result of its acclaimed Quin Arts program.
ABOVE's solo exhibition at the Quin will feature 36 works of handmade sculptural relief, using acrylic and resin on wood. The artist is also planning to inaugurate a graffiti courtyard within the hotel during his residency, calling to mind his large-scale outdoor works. The exhibit will kick off with an invitation-only artist salon at the Quin on July 14, where hotel guests and friends of the Quin Arts program will have an opportunity to interact with ABOVE and his unique artworks.
"ABOVE has distinguished himself from many of his peers in the street art community with a move from figurative expression to geometric abstraction," said DK Johnston, curator of the Quin Arts program. "He's really one of the only artists in the street art movement speaking with this style of voice. And what's more, he's always thinking upwards, with an optimism and enthusiasm that resonates through his art."
Tavar Zawacki was born in California in 1981 and now makes his home in Berlin. He has been creating public art since 1995, when he first began tagging "ABOVE" graffiti on freight trains. At the age of 19, ABOVE moved to Paris, where he started painting his trademark arrow icon pointing 'above.' Over the past 17 years he has painted artworks in the streets of over 100 cities in 60 different countries around the world. During this period, the artist has become known for several distinct styles of street art, including multi-layer, full color social and political stencils, large text-based painted murals and colorful abstract arrow compositions. ABOVE's stencil and text-based artworks usually have a strong message or awareness about social, political, or international current events, while his abstract works are a visual language of shape, color, and form.
"The opportunity to interact with global artists at salons or during their residency has become uniquely valuable and meaningful to our guests," said Vincent Vienne, managing director of the Quin. "Quin Arts makes art and its creators accessible through an ongoing series of significant events, intimately connecting guests with quintessential New York culture and its creative community."
The ABOVE exhibition will be on view from July 14 through mid-August in the hotel's lobby level. Artist salon and pre-sales information for ABOVE's solo show at the Quin are available by emailing DKJ@artsfund.com. For more information on Quin Arts, visit www.thequinhotel.com.
The Quin is managed by Highgate, a premier real estate investment and hospitality management company whose growing portfolio includes more than 100 properties in gateway cities worldwide.
About The Quin
The Quin, New York City's quintessential lifestyle hotel, is located on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. At the intersection of art, music, and fashion, its privileged Midtown location provides effortless access to Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Museum of Modern Art and Fifth Avenue couture. The Quin melds modern opulence with its rich artistic heritage in each of its 208 thoughtfully appointed guestrooms, including 28 suites. Guests enjoy urbane and intelligent services from the QA, who curate each guest's New York experience, to distinguished amenities like an Executive Boardroom, state-of-the-art Technogym fitness center, Apple equipped drawing room, Dux® beds by Duxiana®, and Fresh® Spa Products. Guests can also indulge at The Wayfarer, a classic American grille, located adjacent to the hotel. The two-story, 130-seat restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch, and a full, 24-hour, in-room dining menu from Executive Chef Chris Shea for hotel guests, featuring classic American dishes, redefined. Renowned architecture and interior design firm, Perkins Eastman, has transposed a contemporary masterpiece on the classical foundation that was once home to cultural icons like pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski and artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Follow the Quin @thequinhotel. Reservations are available at 1-855-447-QUIN (7846) or http://www.theQuinhotel.com/.
About Quin Arts
Quin Arts brings a global community of artists, patrons, and guests together through an ongoing series of culturally significant events, exhibitions, and performances. This multi-media initiative extends to a substantial permanent collection, along with an artist-in-residence program, digital displays on the lobby's 15-foot abstract video art wall, and intimate salons with participating artists. Curated and co-founded by DK Johnston, previous exhibits include Creative Chaos, a vibrant collection of new large-scale paintings by Corno, an exclusive preview of Eric Zener's land series, which was exhibited at Gallery Henoch, and Heritage -- a collection of iconic photography from Burt Glinn, Erich Hartmann, Dennis Stock, and Elliott Erwitt, presented in partnership with Magnum Photos. Blek le Rat, the "Father of stencil graffiti," created a series of unique lithographs, collectively entitled Escaping Paris, at the New York Academy of Art for the Quin during his tenure as artist in residence. The artist commemorated his residency on the Quin's façade with an image of Andy Warhol. The Quin's permanent collection also includes Blek le Rat's "Love America" on the 14th floor and loaned works the "Great Wedding," "What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen," and "Tango," as well as original work from YZ, Wulf Von Treu, "the German Basquiat," and Patrick Graham, plus 15 new pieces from Bristol-based street artist, Nick Walker.
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