Brooklyn artist Joyce Pensato takes home De Niro Prize

The Tribeca Film Institute has tapped Brooklyn artist Joyce Pensato to receive the Robert De Niro Sr. Prize.

With the kudo, awarded to a mid-career visual artist, comes a $25,000 check. The nod to Pensato marks the second annual presentation of the prize administered by TFI and handed out by the estate of De Niro Sr., the late painter who was part of the New York School of abstract expressionists. Actor Robert De Niro, the painter’s son, is a co-founder of nonprofit TFI, which is affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival.

Pensato works in charcoal and enamel, with color recently beginning to become more prominent in work that has been predominantly black, white and silver. Her subjects are American cartoon characters and toys.

Fine arts have long played a part in Tribeca’s activities, with original works of art from American artists serving as the trophies for competitive award winners at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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