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).
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.
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 takes place March 1 though March 30.
Image: Gauge (blue) © Ann Hamilton
It is generally accepted that Pablo Picasso was the most influential printmaker of the last century. With over 2,000 prints in his vast graphic oeuvre, Picasso’s importance in the world of printmaking was monumental. He worked with the best print houses in the world, learned the craft, and then reinvented it as only Picasso could. Works from Picasso’s important series of etchings titled “Suite Vollard”, as well as “dreaming woman”, and other works by Picasso can be seen as part of this Lobby Art Feature at Conrad Indianapolis. This exhibit is presented by Long-Sharp Gallery.
Must-See Art Feature
Special smaller-scale fine art installations may be found throughout the Conrad’s public spaces. Above is a tribute to artist Robert Indiana who passed away in 2018. Robert Indiana – whose given name was Robert Clark – was born in New Castle, Indiana in 1928. He attended Saturday School at John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. Pictured above his American Dream #2 Suite, © Robert Indiana. This installation is located at the bottom of the main staircase on the first floor of the hotel.
Image: American Dream #2 © Robert Indiana
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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