invitation card design by Rosa Phoenix
Luca Monzani's "Mallorca" at Murakami Gallery
(press release written for Murakami Gallery in 1996)
The sheer number of art galleries situated on the Upper East Side of Manhattan makes the choice of which to visit difficult. One of the best options is the Murakami Gallery, located at 17 East 71st Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 AM until 6 PM.
Tucked away on a quiet residential street opposite the Frick Art Reference Library (and a stone’s throw from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Asia Society), the Murakami Gallery is a hidden, unassuming gem. Located in an elegant and historic townhouse, the gallery was founded in 1993 by Hiroko Murakami, who sought to create a very special and serene space in the midst of Manhattan’s art scene. She has achieved success by assembling work of the finest international artists, and by curating exhibitions that meet her high standards of quality and style.
The gallery has been the focus of a great deal of media attention, having been featured in The New York Times, ARTnews, New York Magazine, New York Italia and others. Past shows have featured Hungarian masterpieces, classical Japanese calligraphy and contemporary abstract art.
Upcoming show for the Fall ’96 season:
From October 8 – 26, new works by Luca Monzani will be on display. Mr. Monzani is a young Italian painter widely collected by museums and private foundations in Europe. The artist made his New York debut at the Murakami Gallery in July, and the show received such a positive critical response that the gallery will offer to show his work again for collectors who may have missed the summer show.
Mr. Monzani’s inspired paintings, created on canvases textured with sand, marble and acrylic, depict with subtle drama the mysterious, dreamlike beauty of the Spanish island, Mallorca.