D’Angelico Guitars as Curated by DK Johnston for Canopy Jersey City

D'Angelico guitars, curated by DK Johnston on exhibit at Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District

Art curator DK Johnston has combined two artistic forms in a group show featuring 14 exquisitely crafted D’Angelico Guitars — each reimagined by a different artist. Each of the artists will be participating in the artist-in-residence at the Canopy, or is represented in the hotel’s permanent collection. From acclaimed street-artists such as ABOVE, Mando Marie and Nick Walker to photo-realist painters such as Eric Zener, artists were challenged to use a D’Angelico guitar as their “canvas,” and the stunning results go on view at the Canopy starting on November 1st.

D’Angelico Guitars are works of art in their own right, historically having been individually handcrafted in a tradition that began in the early 1900’s in New York City. John D’Angelico was born in Little Italy and became an apprentice at age 9 to an expert violin and Mandolin maker, learning the principles that would inform his later career. He went on to open his own shop on Kenmare Street in 1932, and D’Angelico Guitars would come to be known as the finest archtop guitars of the 20th century. D’Angelico’s work was celebrated in a 2011 Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, titled “Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York

The Group Show at the Canopy features the work of 14 acclaimed artists, including: ABOVE (Tavar Zawacki); Alex Yanes; ASVP; Blek le Rat; Eric ZenerKathryn RoseMando MarieMindy LinkousNick Walker; Pure Evil; Robert Malmberg; SP38; The London Police; and Wulf Treu.

Brenden Cohen, CEO of D’Angelico Guitars, commented, “We’re beyond excited to be working with DK Johnston and the Canopy. We hugely value partnering with artists whose vision highlights the aesthetic of our guitars — which are really art-pieces in and of themselves. We can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

Photo-realist painter Eric Zener is represented in the group show with a guitar drawing inspiration from his series of paintings illustrating people or objects submerged in water. Zener referred to the work in the D’Angelico group show as, “The ‘sound’ of art.”

General Manager, Sietse Nabben shares “We are thrilled to partner with DK Johnston in our mission to expose our local community as well as our travelling guests to an art program that is stimulating and thought provoking. We believe that anyone’s visit to our property will be enhanced by exposing them to the creative programming that DK and his team are well known for, and are excited for this opportunity”

Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District, offers a contemporary and modern comfortable experience. Nestled in the vibrant Downtown Jersey City neighborhood and in walking distance to restaurants, shopping and proximity to downtown New York City, this new hotel offering by Boast Hotels co-exists in a momentum of exciting community development. The area is home to several corporate offices and non-profit arts organizations which the hotel proudly accommodates through its 211 Guestrooms, 13 Suites, private indoor and outdoor spaces as well as an on-site Bar & Bistro. Follow Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District @canopyjerseycity. Reservations are available at (201) 241-4664 or https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/ewradpy-canopy-jersey-city-arts-district/

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