Peninsula New York Exhibition Celebrates Family & Heritage

By Paul Joseph

The 2019 edition of Frieze New York, one of the world’s most prestigious arts events, might have come to a close last May, but the event’s legacy continues to burn brightly thanks to an ongoing exhibition at The Peninsula New York hotel.

Called Home, the exhibition has been curated to honour notions of home, identity and community, and as an ode to The Peninsula’s broader commitment to celebrating family and heritage.

The exhibition, which runs until November, features a curated selection of original works by renowned artists including Do Ho Suh, Catherine Opie, Angel Otero, Ashley Bickerton and Heidi Bucher, among others. 

Notable pieces on view include two large-scale architectural installations by Korean-born, London-based artist Do Ho Suh, who's internationally acclaimed for his immersive installations and “fabric architecture” sculptures that explore the nature and meaning of home.

Meanwhile in the hotel’s Gotham Lounge, Suh’s Cause & Effect (2007) is composed of hundreds of small, colourful, acrylic figures, which form a cone-shaped chandelier suspended from the ceiling and reaching almost to the floor.

Home also includes several portraits by Catherine Opie in the upper lobby, each featuring prominent art world figures and depicting friends and confidants within Opie’s artistic spherei

Paintings by Angel Otero are on view in the upper lobby, each testament to the innovative process by which the artist paints onto large plates of glass, then scrapes the partially dried oil paint from the surface, splicing and collaging these painted “skins” into multi-layered compositions.

The exhibition is part of a broader commitment by the Peninsula hotel group to contemporary art. This spring, Peninsula Hotels celebrated Art Basel Hong Kong by announcing the launch of a multi-year global contemporary art program called Art in Resonance.

Late last year The Peninsula New York marked its 30th anniversary with an exhibition dedicated to 1980s artists indelibly linked with the city, including Andy Warhol.

Peninsula Hotels operates hotels across Asia, Europe and the United States. Its flagship hotel in Hong Kong opened in 1928.

By Paul Joseph