Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hannock and the High Line

I was fortunate enough to be invited to artist Stephen Hannock's book signing to benefit the High Line project at celebrity chef, Tom Colicchio's, restaurant Craftsteak on 14th and 10th. On the back wall of the main dining room, hangs an expansive cityscape by Hannock, depicting the High Line neighborhood where restaurant is located. Chelsea Winter with Elevated Park; New York Highline (2006) incorporates Hannock's signature collage elements and handwriting to create a beautiful, deeply personal and visually interesting piece.

I am now the proud owner of the book, Stephen Hannock, by Hudson Hills publishing, which is truly a beautiful retrospective chronicling the artist's life and career achievements. I went straight to the Met after the event, to visit Hannock's paintings: Kaaterskill Falls for Frank Moore and Dan Hodermarsky and The Oxbow: After Church, after Cole, Flooded, Green Light, (his most famous, on the cover of the book).

Of course, the greatest part was meeting the artist himself! He's a really nice guy and for that, and many other reasons, I'll continue to follow his work which I enjoy a lot.

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