A Feast for the EyesMarch 21, 2017
The Peninsula Beverly Hills recently debuted a collection of privately curated art within its newly remodeled signature restaurant, The Belvedere. The restaurant’s bright and spacious interior now serves as the perfect backdrop for 11 breathtaking works by acclaimed international artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Sean Scully and Robert Indiana, as well a striking Fabienne Verdier piece commissioned specifically for the restaurant.
Displayed along the perimeter of the dining room’s white linen walls, the collection comprises the following works of art:
Lincescape I and Linescape II, 2015 – Created by contemporary French painter Fabienne Verdier by special commission for the hotel, the spectacular polyptych is split into nine panels and hangs on both sides of the restaurant’s entryway to create the sensation of an “all-encompassing” painting. The masterpiece was created with a brush made of 35 horse tails to apply art pigments and varnish on canvas.
Anniversary, 2003 – American figurative artist Alex Katz’s oil-on-canvas painting best conveys Katz’s cinematic influence and ability to capture a split second in a present moment. Katz’s work has received international recognition and has been displayed in museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Saatchi Gallery and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Landline Bruke, 2014 – Created by Irish-born painter and print maker Sean Scully, the thickly laid and textured oil painting comprises a number of abstract panels on linen, creating a unique surface. Scully has twice been nominated for a Turner Prize, and his works have been collected in major museums worldwide.
Poppies; Big Red, Poppies; Big Blue and Poppies; Big Yellow (2014) – Part of the “New Image” movement, American artist Donald Sultan rose to prominence in the late 1970s and is known for his paintings which often feature immediately recognizable objects that are simultaneously abstract and representational. These three pieces are color silkscreen with flocking and tar-like texture on white 4-ply museum board, each measuring 60 in x 60 in.
“Homage to the Square” series, 1958-1963 – German born Josef Albers began this series where, like other artists of his generation, he moved away from a figurative style of picture making to geometrically based abstraction. As a result, the series is described as disarmingly simple. The Belvedere is home to three oil-on-masonite pieces from the series, all which hang together in the restaurant’s private dining room.
Dots Obsession, 1998 – The piece is part of a series of installations by Yayoi Kusama, featuring the artist’s trademark polka dots. For this 1998 piece, the dots were created by acrylic on canvas. Kusama has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Whitney Museum of American Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Decade Autoportrait 1963, 1972 – A reference to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, American artist Robert Indiana’s painting’s bold colors were inspired by the 10 stages of a man’s life and are also consistent with his “Numbers” portfolio, the collection in which this piece debuted. He is most commonly associated with the pop art movement and his famous “LOVE” print was first created for the Museum of Modern Art's Christmas card in 1965.
Klite and Wooze, 1981 – Two watercolor paintings from American painter Nancy Graves face each other within The Belvedere’s second private dining room. “Klite” is a watercolor and acrylic masterpiece created on paper; “Wooze” is watercolor on heavy white woven paper. Graves was the first women to receive a solo retrospective at the Whitney Museum.
Come experience the wonderfully curated art collection at The Belvedere for yourself! For full menu and reservation details, please visit peninsula.com/belvedere.
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