The Contrast Art Show: A Clear Cut Above

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In the heart of midtown Manhattan, up above on the 14th Floor of 320 Studios there happens to be an art show held a number of times in the year. This turns out to be one of New York’s best little kept art secrets: The Contrast Art Show. Organized by Jack Davletshin along with the generosity and support of Mr. John Stavros, this art event is the breeding ground for New York’s emergent and under the radar artists. Underground Art has been elevated up to the glittering skyline view of this city.

Last February 23, 2012, Arte Fuse just came from a glamorous Chelsea art opening but we are an die hard explorers of art. There is a thrill and palpable excitement to see fresh work that will be on the cusp of greatness someday. It’s what art aficionados seek most as being there first when an artist is yet undiscovered. Contrast serves as the platform of what is next in the New York art scene. The artists are fiercely talented, hungry and up to the task.

In this round, 17 artists are included in the show and just to name a few: Tracy Von Becker, Mary Jean Canziani, Erin Dinan, Mike Wolf, Rachel Wilkins, Colleen Blackard, Kaliptus, River Clark, et al. – all the artists are extremely talented to be included in this installation. Set in unorthodox displays, no curated snobbery, and a price list for access to purchase: Contrast aims to showcase underground art in the best and loftiest standards possible.

As a special part of the show, Mr. Stavros has prepared a tribute wall for fashion illustrator legend Antonio Lopez and items from his private collection. To add color to the night, special performances were given by Patrick Porter, new singing sensation Aimee Beyers, and Finnish Rock Star, Muff.

Feel what it is to be in the know and clearly a cut above the rest when it comes to New York underground art. Seek Contrast then you can plainly ascertain what makes this a diamond in the rough for art events.

Contrast Art Show

320 Studios

14th floor, 320W 37th Street, Manhattan, NY, 10018
6pm-1am on Thursday February 23rd and 6pm-1am on Friday February 24th

article by: Oscar A. Laluyan




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  1. Mike Wolf is an innovative and skilled painter. I have admired his work for a few years, and am glad he is getting well-deserved attention.

    1. Dear Hess Muse:

      I have seen Mike’s work previously and this is his second feature in AF. And I agree that they are elegant dark pieces and should gain more attention. Just glad that I brought it out into the open.

      Thanks for reading AF!

      OL – Editor

    1. Dear Emily:

      I did not get the full roster of artists at Contrast. However, if you friend Jack Davletshin on FB – you will get information for the next Contrast Art Show. They have it several times during the year!

      Best Regards and thanks for reading my article: OL

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