Nobu Eden Roc Art Collection

Nobu Eden Roc's art collection is designed to awaken the senses and invite a sense of discovery. The thought-provoking works on loan from The Brant Foundation are curated by collector Peter Brant and provide a note of welcome to guests as they enter the lobby of the Morris Lapidus building.  Brant explains: "We chose artists from the collections that connected well together and works that would complement each other in a 50's landmark Lapidus building."

Art Collection Overview

Art Collection General description

Dominated by bold colors, the works vary widely from realistic to abstract and all in between. Inspired by myriad themes spanning pop culture, consumerism, architecture, family and nature, the artists worked in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, prints, found objects, and silkscreen. The collection culminates with Josh Smith's monumental piece, Florida Set, specially commissioned for the hotel's Nobu Lobby Lounge.

Why is the Nobu Eden Roc Art Collection thought-provoking?

  • Because it's inspired by myriad themes spanning pop culture, consumerism, architecture, family, and nature
  • The art is not thought-provoking

Art Collection - Individual Works

- Florida Set - by Josh Smith

Josh Smith

Florida Set is a newly commissioned piece for Nobu Eden Roc. Inspired by Miami's lively energy, Smith pays homage to the hotel's original architecture designed by Neo-Baroque master Morris Lapidus. Smith States: "This large painting is composed of smaller paintings. The forms and vibrant colors allude to the sky, the sun, the underwater world, and to us living our lives. Some parts of the painting invite contemplation while others project energy. Florida Set is an abstract painting. It is yours to interpret."

The work of Josh Smith is distinguished by his mastery of multiple mediums and his tendency to acknowledge trends in painting and sculpture by expressly upending them. 

What is the difference between Peter Brant and Josh Smith?

  • Both Brant and Smith created "The Florida Set"
  • Josh Smith created the "Florida set" while Peter Brant is the art curator whose foundation lent all the art work for Nobu Eden Roc

Jonathan Horowitz

Jonathan Horowitz

Artist-provocateur Jonathan Horowitz works in video, sculpture, sound installation, painting, and photography and is known for making work that critically examines some of the most controversial social and political issues of the day, including race, sexuality, celebrity, religion, and consumerism. Often combining the imagery and insouciance of Pop Art with the critical rigor of Conceptualism, Horowitz's work is frequently provocative and subversive, but rarely lacks poignancy and humor. 

Horowitz's digital print Lindsay exhibited at Nobu Hotel Eden Roc documents a cultural obsession with plastic surgery, playfully referencing Warhol's Before and After nose job paintings.

Why did Horowitz create the - Lindsay - art piece ?

  • Because Lindsay Lohan paid him to create it
  • Because it was specially commissioned for the Nobu Eden Roc, just like the - The Florida Set- by Josh Smith
  • To illustrate a cultural obsession with plastic surgery

Nate Lowman

Nate Lowman

Lowman is an American artist known for his specialty in reconciling the detritus of pop culture. Since his first solo show " THE END. And Other American Pastimes" at Maccarone, New York, in 2005, Nate Lowman has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and Palazzo Grassi, Venice.

Why do you think Lowman's painting is named, "Trash Landing Marilyn #11"?

  • Because of Lowman's specialty in mending pop culture "waste"
  • Because the subject of the painting fell in a trash can

Bjarne Melgaard

Bjarne Melgaard

This Norwegian artist is based in New York. Since the beginning of this artistic career, Melgaard's installations have focused on subversive themes, often taking inspiration from various provocative subcultures such as S&M and Heavy Metal music. Melgaard's current practice, known for crossing disciplinary boundaries, is comprised largely of expressionistic drawings and paintings that frequently incorporate text and a wide array of multimedia components.

Which of the following words best describes Melgaards's art work?

  • Elegant
  • Subversive
  • Trite
  • Medieval

Enoc Perez

Enoc Perez

Painter and printmaker Enoc Perez embraces the ability to convey pleasure and beauty on the viewer. Although Perez works with a variety of subjects, including portraits, still life paintings, and cityscapes, he is best known for capturing the Utopian ideals embodied in the construction of architectural monuments.

Perez's Lipstick Building refers to Philip Johnson and John Burgee's elliptical office tower and postmodern architectural masterpiece in Manhattan. In his work, Perez uses his characteristic style to explore the formal qualities of the Lipstick Building and examine the aspirations of modern architecture. 

TRUE OR FALSE: Perez's - Lipstick Building - embodies beauty and Utopian ideals embedded in architectural monuments

  • True
  • False

Richard Prince

Richard Prince

Mining images from mass media, advertising and entertainment since the late 1970s, Richard Prince has redefined the concepts of authorship, ownership, and aura. Applying his understanding of the complex transactions of representation to the making of art, he evolved a unique signature filled with echoes of other signatures yet that is unquestionably his own. An avid collector and perceptive chronicler of American subcultures and vernaculars and their role in the construction of American identity, he has probed the depths of racism, sexism, and psychosis in mainstream humor; the mythical status of cowboys, bikers, customized cars, and celebrities; and most recently, the push-pull allure of pulp fiction and soft porn, producing such unlikely icons as the highly coveted Nurse paintings.

What themes does Richard Prince allude to with his art work?

  • Racism, sexism, and psychosis in mainstream humor
  • The mythical status of cowboys, bikers, customized cars, and celebrities
  • All of the above

Rob Pruitt

Rob Pruitt

Pruitt describes his inspiration for Planter as follows:

"Years ago when I was an art student at Parsons, I read a quote from industrial designer George Nelson that said the legacy of 20th century man is far less splendid than the Egyptian pyramids. It is the landfill. This is where the story of this society's culture is revealed. Since reading that, it has been in my consciousness to take things out of that trash heap and reuse them in a humorous and meaningful new way."

Pruitt describes his inspiration for Exquisite Self Portrait: Beauty Rest Selfie as follows:

"In this particular painting, which comes from a series of self-portrait exercises, I was contemplating the nuances of gender fluidity along with a certain sweeping stereotype of a Greenwich housewife - one who might wear Brooks Brothers shirts, a strand of pearls, and engage in an occasional spa day. I can myself in this composite."

Pruitt describes his inspiration for Pjatteryd Oil Painting: Marilyn as follows:

" This is about breathing life into a $30 mass-produced jet print from Ikea by painting thick, luscious oil paint right over the top of it."

About the artist Rob Pruitt

Internationally renowned contemporary artist Rob Pruitt skyrocketed to fame in the late 80's as half of the art team Pruitt-Early. Since then, Pruitt has exhibited extensively in New York and around the world. 

Which of the following correctly describe Pruitt's paintings?

  • 'Planter' = to take out trash heap and reuse them in a humorous and meaningful way
  • 'Exquisite Self Portrait: Beauty Rest Selfie' = nuances of gender fluidity with focus on the stereotypical Greenwich housewife
  • 'Pjatteryd Oil Panting: Marilyn' =Bringing an Ikea jet print to life by painting thick and luscious paint over it
  • All of the above

Kenny Scharf

Kenny Scharf

Kenny Scharf gained prominence in New York City's East Village art scene in the 1980s for his ambitious, cartoon-like installations and paintings and his frequent collaborations with his friends, artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Scharf's fun, colorful work is both a nod to the future and a reference to past art historical movements such as Pop and Surrealism. His multidisciplinary practice exists in the realm where pop culture meets science fiction, and his imagery celebrates everything from the Jetsons and the Flinstones to one-eyed creatures, mischievous monsters, and donuts in space.

Which of the following conceptualizes Kenny Scharf's colorful work?

  • Reference to medieval times
  • Contemporary light installations
  • A nod to the future and a reference to past art historical movements such as Pop and Surrealism

Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951. His first solo show was at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, in 1975. Since then, his work has been exhibited at renowned institutions worldwide. 
Schnabel's mythic, often controversial career is rooted in his ability to morph and change using a vast alchemy of sources and materials composed and distributed across surface and support in defiance of the very notions of moderation, rationality, and order.

What notions does Schnabel's use of a vast alchemy of sources and materials defy?

  • Moderation, rationality, and order
  • none

Lola Montes Schnabel

Lola Montes Schnabel

Painter, printmaker, photographer and filmmaker, Lola Montes Schnabel has widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has collaborated with Max Mara Carte Blance (2012) and Alice and Olivia (2015) on textile designs created from her watercolors, and her film work includes "Training Day," and a Nike commercial featuring Steve Nash.

Schnabel's portrait of her father was inspired from a summer trip in Montauk: "This is a portrait of my father. It is the only one that I have made. We spent the summer of 2011 together in Montauk and he sat in a throne for me in his studio there. We were listening to records from his collection, music from the 70's and staring at each other at one moment it was like looking at a mirror. I painted it with white shellac ink on white paper at first you could not see anything then I sprayed iodine and gentian violet on top of the opaque lines so that the image would come through this amber translucent liquid, like magic or invisible ink."

What is special about Schnabel's painting, -Julian-?

  • It's a painting of Abraham Lincoln
  • It's portrait of Schnabel's father inspired from a summer trip in Montauk
  • She asked a stranger on the street to pose for her for this painting

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan is a New York based artist known for his abstract, textured paintings. His work has been exhibited internationally, including Kunstmuseum Bonn and Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. His work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and The University of Chicago.

Which adjectives below best describe Ryan Sullivan's paintings?

  • Abstract
  • Textured
  • Both abstract and texture
  • None of these

Spencer Sweeney

Spencer Sweeney

Artist, musician, DJ, and club owner Spencer Sweeney emerged on the New York art scene in the late 1990s. Sweeney's multifaceted persona is reflected in his art, with a boundless disregard for consistency. His practice exists in constant motion, reinforcing contradiction, and in opposition to traditional norms defined by the museum or gallery space. Whether creating all-encompassing installations, colorful collages, cartoonish drawings, or charismatic self-portraits, Sweeney eschews a single, identifiable style in lieu of work that reflects the multiplicity of his influences and the shifting nature of his practice.

TRUE OR FALSE: Spencer Sweeney's art illustrates a boundless disregard for consistency.

  • True
  • False