Image above: Resonance © Tamar Kander, Mixed media on canvas, 48 x 96 inches (diptych).
Arrive a guest. Leave a connoisseur.
There are numerous ways to explore fine art at Conrad Indianapolis, curated by Long-Sharp Gallery.
Long-Sharp Gallery is accessed through Conrad Indianapolis or its entrance on Illinois Street. The Gallery’s roots rest in works by important artists such as Warhol and Picasso. In recent years its roster expanded to include internationally and regionally celebrated contemporary artists. The Gallery has been selected as one of the world’s best and it exhibits at world class art fairs including Masterpiece London and EXPO Chicago. Long-Sharp Gallery’s New York Project Space opened in 2016.
Twice every year the lobby is transformed into a celebration of works by an internationally recognized artist. Past art features curated by Long-Sharp Gallery have included works by Joan Miró (Spain, 1893-1983), Sam Gilliam (US, 1933), Sabina Klein (US, 1949), David Spiller (UK, 1942-2018), Kenneth Webb (Ireland, 1927), Gino Miles (US, 1952), Russell Young (UK, 1959), and Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), Pablo Picasso (Spain, 1881-1973) and Andy Warhol (US, 1928-1987).
Indiana Art Feature
All of the public space on the hotel’s second floor is devoted to the exhibition of works by local artists who have studios in the state of Indiana. Works by the following Indiana-based artists are available for view and purchase: Amy Kirchner (painter, Indianapolis), Mary Pat Wallen (sculptor, Warsaw), Dale Enochs (sculptor, Bloomington), Constance Edward Scopelitis (painter and digital artist, Indianapolis), Tamar Kander (painter, Nashville), and Jason Myers (painter, sculptor, digital artist, Logansport).
Once dubbed the “best kept secret in Indianapolis” by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, meet our Art Ambassadors and get to know our current art installations with a guided tour. Our in-house connoisseurs trained by Long Sharp Gallery are here to share their knowledge and answer any questions about the art displayed at Conrad Indy and the Long-Sharp Gallery. Spot an Art Ambassador by their gold artist’s palate pin. Dial ‘0’ or visit the concierge desk for more information.
David Spiller: Small Works. Big Magic.
Long-Sharp Gallery announces a solo exhibit of small-scale paintings by British Pop artist David Spiller (1942-2018). Each piece (measuring 40 x 40 centimeters / 15.75 x 15.75 inches) has a provenance of the artist’s Estate in the United Kingdom; none has been shown in the United States before this exhibit.
The exhibit – “David Spiller: Small Works. Big Magic.” – contains some twenty works that span three decades of the artist’s career. Each provides insight into a different facet of the artist’s process and unique style. In these works, Spiller explores and combines floating color dots, (cartoon) portraiture, and scribbled song lyrics and text – some of the techniques that would later become synonymous with the name David Spiller.
The exhibit opens April 8, 2022 in two very different locations. The physical exhibition may be visited at Long-Sharp Gallery Indianapolis, (1 North Illinois Street, Suite A, Indianapolis IN 46204). The virtual exhibition opens simultaneously in Long-Sharp Gallery | Virtual (accessible 24/7 on the gallery’s website).
An exhibition reception will be held in Long-Sharp Gallery Indianapolis on Friday, May 6th from 6-9 pm (during the city’s First Friday art event). That reception will be sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis.
Crazy World © David Spiller, 2006, Acrylic and pencil on canvas, 15.75 x 15.75 in.
Lobby Exhibit: Cha Jong Rye
Born in Daejeon, Korea and the recipient of an MFA in Sculpture from Ewha Women’s University in 1996, sculptor Cha Jong Rye (b. 1968) meticulously crafts works which have been featured in exhibits and collections worldwide.
Using wood as her chosen medium, Ms. Cha constructs seamlessly intricate wooden landscapes through her often wall-mounted sculptures. Sanding and layering hundreds of delicate wood boards, her process is intentionally unintentional; rather than executing a predetermined design, she allows herself to discover images in the fluidity of arranging and rearranging the uniquely hand-shaped blocks. The result is a richly textured three-dimensional canvas upon which light and shadow dance, transforming the once-recognizable wood material into entirely abstracted landscapes reminiscent of wrinkled linen or rippling water.
Cha Jong Rye currently works and resides just outside of Seoul, South Korea.
Must-See Art Feature
Special smaller-scale fine art installations may be found throughout the Conrad’s public spaces. The work above is by New York-based Nigerian artist Moyosore Martins. Ashe Po in the Yoruba language means “together”. The interlaced patterns embroidered and painted into the thrones reference the artist’s background through Yoruba culture and craft. The symbolize the past, the future, the present, and respect for ancestors and descendants.
Image: Ashe Po © Moyosore Martins, 2019, Oil on canvas, 65 x 72 inches
My Soul Has Got To Move
Long-Sharp Gallery Indianapolis kicked off its 2022 gallery season with a solo exhibition for mixed-media artist Lavett Ballard. The exhibit, My Soul Has Got To Move, opened on February 4th and closed March 26th. It featured more than a dozen works by Ballard, with over half created specifically for this exhibition.
The Indianapolis exhibition title referenced a “1978 gospel-funk-soul song of the same name, a tune about change and transformation… many of the artworks and their titles express such themes as presence, personal evolution, gender empowerment, racial solidarity, and collective uplift,” said Dr. Tiffany E. Barber, scholar, curator, and critic who wrote the essay about Ballard and her works in this exhibit.
Ballard’s works have been exhibited in numerous museums, are in important collections, and her portrait of Rosa Parks was featured on the 2020 cover of TIME Magazine. She was recently named by Black Art in America as one of the top 10 emerging Black female artists.
Spiller + Cameron: Alchemy
Long-Sharp Gallery’s solo exhibition of works by Moira Cameron and Xavier Spiller-Cameron, the UK-based dynamic mother-and-son-duo better known as Spiller + Cameron. This exhibit marked their first solo exhibition in the United States. The exhibit consisted of eighteen mixed media paintings from six series of works, each of which have a central and important quality: they are constructed from recycled materials.
On the Brighter Side
Long-Sharp Gallery’s Spring 2021 exhibition celebrates millions of vaccinations in first-world nations. On the Brighter Side featured works by 11 artists from as far away as Colombia and South Korea and as close as the gallery’s Indianapolis backyard. The exhibit, full of color and texture, shined bright and hopeful but also reserved a moment to honor enduring pain and lives lost (through works such as Miriam Londoño‘s installation, Silent Prayer).
Sculpture of Scale
Long-Sharp Gallery announced its first major large scale sculpture exhibition in Indianapolis. Sculpture of Scale was apart of the gallery’s SCULPT program.
The exhibit included works by 12 contemporary sculptors from across the globe as follows: From the United States: Steven Durow (Maryland), Charlie Kaplan (California), Rob Lorenson (Massachusetts), Dale Enochs, Jason Myers, Mary Pat Wallen (Indiana); From the United Kingdom: Wendy Taylor, Patrick Hurst; From Europe: Sylvestre Gauvrit (France/Netherlands) and Santiago Villanueva (Spain); From Asia: Tarik Currimbhoy (India/New York) and Cha Jong Rye (South Korea).
Tamar Kander: Scratch the Surface
Long-Sharp Gallery announced its first solo exhibition, Scratch the Surface, for Israeli-born, South Africa- and UK-trained abstract painter Tamar Kander. Kander, an Indiana resident for the past thirty plus years, lives and works in Brown County. Her distinctive style has won her recognition and landed her work in important collections here and abroad, including the permanent collection of the Indiana State Museum.
Rock Paper Metal
Long-Sharp Gallery’s exhibit, Rock Paper Metal, featured works created in what may perhaps be obvious media: rock (stone), paper, and metal. Inspired by Dale Enochs’ mixed media work “Rock, Paper, Metal” (created in 2015), the exhibition included artists hailing from as far away as the Netherlands and as close to home as Bloomington, Indiana, with an emphasis on artists with studios in Indiana. The exhibit included Indiana-based artists Dale Enochs, Jason Myers, Mary Pat Wallen, and Tamar Kander, among others.
CHA JONG RYE: SCULPTURAL LANDSCAPES
Long-Sharp Gallery announces the first US solo exhibition for important South Korean sculptor Cha Jong Rye. The exhibit, Cha Jong Rye: Sculptural Landscapes celebrates new work by the artist and the announcement of her exclusive U.S. representation by Long-Sharp Gallery. The exhibit opens in Long-Sharp Gallery Indianapolis on September 6th and runs through October 26th.
Based in Seoul, Ms. Cha has been sculpting for over 20 years. Her exhibit in Indianapolis will be her first solo exhibition in the Midwest; it is her first solo exhibition in the United States in seven years. Using wood as her chosen medium, Ms. Cha constructs seamlessly intricate wooden landscapes through her often wall-mounted sculptures.
Modern + Contemporary Prints
The exhibit included fine art prints by iconic figures in the modern and contemporary art world including Pablo Picasso, Helen Frankenthaler, Salvador Dali and more. The contemporary portion of the exhibit focused equally on two contemporary printmakers, specifically those of New York-based Sabina Klein and Indiana’s own Jason Myers. Indeed, the exhibit debuted a new series of prints by Jason Myers printed at Gary Lichtenstein’s studio and published by Long-Sharp Gallery. This exhibit was presented by Long-Sharp Gallery from June 5 – July 17, 2019.
Image: The Bather © Jim Dine
An internationally acclaimed artist, recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship who represented the United States in three biennales and whose works are in the permanent collections of dozens of important museums (including the Indianapolis Museum of Art), Ann Hamilton is a Midwest native born and raised in Ohio. Her solo
exhibit at Long-Sharp Gallery took place March 1 though March 30.
Image: Gauge (blue) © Ann Hamilton
David Hockney Prints
Long-Sharp Gallery exhibits David Hockney Prints which consists of prints created in various media in association with various print workshops, including his first, Gemini G.E.L. British-born artist David Hockney, who has thus far held over 400 solo exhibitions during his career, now has one in Indianapolis. The exhibit contains images for which the artist is known: interior scenes, portraits of friends, landscapes, and California pools. David Hockney’s name splashed across the art news in November 2018, when his 1972 painting sold at public auction for $90.8 million, surpassing the previous auction record for a living artist held by Jeff Koons (for $58.4 million). Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) first sold in 1972 for $20,000.
Image: The Student © David Hockney
Shiny & Bright
Including dazzling and bedazzled artworks by eight internationally exhibited artists,“Shiny & Bright” will feature a few artists whose works are familiar to the gallery’s exhibits such as Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, and Russell Young. Also featured are Britain’s Wayne Warren and Chris Bracey, Dutch silversmiths Thalen & Thalen, German-American sculptor Metis Atash, and Indian-American artist and architect Tarik Currimbhoy, whose mesmerizing kinetic sculptures have garnered much attention at the gallery’s New York Project Space. The exhibit is sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis.
Image: Audrey Hepburn (Tiffany Blue) © Russell Young
Piers Secunda is a British painter and sculptor who travels to war-ravaged parts of the the Middle East to “capture the texture of geopolitical violence, with a focus on the destruction of culture”. In this exhibit, Secunda superimposes damage from ISIS bullet holes on casts of ancient objects – creating an unsettling impression that the ancient works have been shot and destroyed. Secunda’s process has been called a “carefully crafted record of cultural violence” which “opens a chilling window into the widespread destruction of historical and cultural artwork.”
Image: Four Horses © Piers Secunda
“New Works” opens in Long-Sharp Gallery Indianapolis June 15th. The exhibit includes new works by eight contemporary artists, six of whom have studios in Indiana. Artists exhibiting in this group show include: Amy Kirchner (IN), Sabina Klein (NY), Dale Enochs (IN), Cha Jong-Rye (South Korea), Tamar Kander (IN), David Michael Slonim (IN), Mary Pat Wallen (IN) and Jason Myers (IN). “New Works” runs through September 1st.
Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 15th from 6:30-9:00pm, sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis.
Image: Step Boldly © Mary Pat Wallen
Gino Miles has been sculpting for over 45 years. Despite the fact that he was classically trained in Italy, was co-founder of Italart (a sculpture school in Italy), and lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he has some surprising ties to Indiana. In his early years, Miles trained with several important sculptors, including Allan Houser, who created “Morning Prayer”, the sculpture in front of the Eiteljorg Museum in downtown Indianapolis. This exhibit featured several bronze and stainless steel works by Santa-Fe based sculptor Gino Miles.
Image: Felicity © Gino Miles
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