Image above: Resonance © Tamar Kander, Mixed media on canvas, 48 x 96 inches (diptych).
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).
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.
Long-Sharp Gallery announces its first major large scale sculpture exhibition in Indianapolis. Sculpture of Scale is part of the gallery’s SCULPT program.
The exhibit includes 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).
Spiller + Cameron (British, b. 1991 and 1962, respectively) is the compilation of mastermind mother-and-son Moira Cameron and Xavier Spiller-Cameron. Between the two, ideas are born, plans are developed, and aims are approached, combining an understanding they share for aesthetic qualities and a joint passion for creativity. The works are assembled in union, with each collaborator bringing his and her strengths and weaknesses to the union — Xavier introducing his youthful, contemporary energy and vitality to Moira’s maturity and experience. It is from this unique perspective and collaboration that the Rag Series was born. Their newest series, Rag Paintings, are made from salvaged, torn up sheets and pillowcases, previously used as artist paint rags.
At first glance the pieces look like one abstract work; details become more evident upon close inspection. Each Rag Painting is assembled from rag remnants, each containing abstract marks and traces of paint and color — sometimes a footprint, or blotting of a dot or letter can be made out. The rags have been washed, flattened, primed, and meticulously stitched together to form a 9-panel construction. The number 9 is compelling to the artists, being a significant representation of the number for love, completeness, enlightenment and communication. With this 9-panel stitching, the Rags Series highlights the incidental and accidental beauty obtained from a byproduct of a creative art process. Each panel demonstrates its own unique wear and tear, wrinkles of age, and wisdom. These new works place the rags into a new context for analysis and reconsideration, re-contextualizing them by offering possibilities for metamorphosis and a new life. The paintings harness the energy of the materials’ previous use and, like alchemy, transmute a base product into something worthy of contemplation.
Special smaller-scale fine art installations may be found throughout the Conrad’s public spaces. The work above is by Indiana native Jason Myers. Celebrating the artist’s second solo museum exhibition, this installation is the second viewing of the deluxe edition of the Soldiers of Life portfolio. The first portfolio was donated to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette upon the opening of STATUS: fluid/dynamic on May 10, 2019. That exhibit opened at Florida’s Polk Museum of Art (2017) and traveled here to the artist’s home state. This installation is located at the bottom of the main staircase on the first floor of the hotel.
Image: Soldiers of Life (Deluxe) © Jason Myers
Long-Sharp Gallery announces its first solo exhibition 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. Kander’s exhibit, Scratch the Surface, opens at Long-Sharp Gallery Indianapolis on February 7 and runs through April 4, 2020. An opening reception with the artist will take place on February 7th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm and is sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis and EvanTodd Salon & Spa.
Image above: Resonance © Tamar Kander, Mixed media on canvas, 48 x 96 inches (diptych).
Long-Sharp Gallery’s winter exhibit, Rock Paper Metal, will feature 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 includes 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 will include Indiana-based artists Dale Enochs, Jason Myers, Mary Pat Wallen, and Tamar Kander, among others.
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.
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
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
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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