The Tribeca Film Festival and Chanel have teamed to present Art Is New York/New York Is Art. The program invited more than 60 artists to contribute original sketches inspired by the relationship between art and New York City. The works will be posted on vacated storefronts throughout lower Manhattan.
Contributing artists include Julian Schnabel, Kiki Smith, Dustin Yellin, Nate Lowman, Swoon, Chuck D, Matthew Modine, Christopher Walken, Donna Ferrato, Aurel Schmidt, Kalup Linzy, Don Gummer and Sophie Matisse. A short film released in conjunction with Art Is New York/New York Is Art features Schnabel, Chuck D and Ferrato.
“Tribeca’s longstanding partnership with Chanel in supporting human expression through art is deeply rooted in the spirit of the festival. Their commitment to honoring the boldness and authenticity of artists is palpable,” Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Festival, said in a statement released Monday morning. “There’s no better way to see New York come alive and heal than through the creative lens of these wonderful artists. This project beautifully represents the city.”
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Clifford Ross, Curtis Kulig, Deborah Kass, Francesco Clemente, Gus Van Sant, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Laurie Simmons, Meghan Boody, Sheila Berger, Stephen Hannock and Will Ryman will also donate original art pieces to honor winning filmmakers in select festival competition categories. The works –- known formally as the Arts Awards – will be featured in an online gallery at tribecafilm.com throughout this year’s festival, which runs June 9-20.
Art Is New York/New York Is Art will be toasted with a Chanel-hosted 25th anniversary screening of Schnabel’s remastered “Basquiat” at MoMA on June 17.
The 20th edition of Tribeca opens on Wednesday with a red carpet screening of “In the Heights” in Washington Heights.
Watch the Art Is New York/New York Is Art short below: