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    Opening Celebration - Who is Joan Quinn? A Life in Portraits

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    September 22, 2016

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    Opening Celebration -  Who is Joan Quinn? A Life in Portraits

    Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square presents an exhibition that brings together world-renowned, contemporary, American artists who, over five decades, have created portraits of art patron and collector, Joan Agajanian Quinn.

    The exhibition, curated by Melanie Johanson with curatorial advisors, Cheryl Bookout and Amanda Quinn Olivar, brings together world-renowned contemporary artists who, for over five decades have created portraits of celebrated art patron and advocate, Joan Agajanian Quinn. The artwork on display includes over 70 portraits, from a collection of approximately 300, realized in all mediums by artists that Quinn has championed over the years. The exhibition explores the relationship between artist and subject, presenting a rare and fascinating look into the creative process of some of the world’s greatest creative talents.

    Included are works by such renowned artists as Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mike Chearney, Patrick Demarchelier, Laddie John Dill, Shepard Fairey, Claire Falkenstein, Sophia Gasparian, Frank Gehry, Chris Hartunian, David Hockney, George Hurrell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Kim McCarty, Ed Moses, Mel Ramos, Ed Ruscha, and Beatrice Wood, among others. Also included is the portrait of Quinn transformed into a painting by Andy Warhol’s assistant, Rupert Jasen Smith, which he executed from the original Warhol polaroid.

    About Joan Agajanian Quinn
    Joan Agajanian Quinn is probably the most photographed, painted and sculpted persona in the history of contemporary art.  Approximately 300 portraits in every conceivable media created over the course of five decades have sought to capture the indomitable spirit that is Joan Quinn.  She is known for her years of art and fashion journalism, show-curating for magazines and galleries around the world, and for her long-running television show The Joan Quinn Profiles. She became a household name in the art world through her position as West Coast correspondent for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine during the 1980’s.  In an interview with Studio of Style Quinn explained, “Though I’ve played the role of a temporary muse, I consider myself as merely the subject matter, and I’ve always been fascinated to see how these incredible artists interpret what they see in me… and it’s not an ego-driven fascination.  In fact, I want to see the hand of the artist in their pieces — not my own visage.  Therein lies the difference.”


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