I am SUPER excited to work with 99U and The Ace Hotel to present John Rombola: Local Artist. John has been making his artwork from his home in Brooklyn for well over half a century. The press release is below. The opening on September 4, 2014.
GALLERY OPENING FOR JOHN ROMBOLA: LOCAL ARTIST
6PM - THU SEP 04, 2014
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - GALLERY, NEW YORK
The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York teams with 99U to present Local Artist, an exhibition of works by artist John Rombola. Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Rombola's creative career has inconspicuously paralleled the likes of Andy Warhol, Saul Steinberg and Ben Shahn. Local Artist travels back a half-century to revisit Rombola’s bustling commuter-scenes, playful robotic figures and depictions of high-style beach days.
Rombola's last solo show was in 1972 and his most recent studio visit — with Henry Geldzahler — was 20 years ago. Despite having works published in LIFE, Horizon, Idea-Japan, Holiday and Town & Country, being Included in the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt, the National Design Museum in Washington D.C. and the New York Historical Society, John's works are still largely unknown by the public. For the past two decades, he’s retreated into his art, working diligently at his modest kitchen studio in Brooklyn, surrounded by pink walls and wallpaper of his own design, and quietly documenting the evolving architecture, people and fashions of the city with razor-sharp whimsy.
Ace Hotel New York partnered with 99U in early 2014 to celebrate the annual 99% Conference. There, we were introduced to curator Elana Rubinfeld, who’d had an ongoing dialog with Rombola for several years. After a limited edition poster of Rombola’s work was published by 99U, the curatorial trio came together with Local Artist — a shared effort to bring much deserved attention to one of New York’s best-kept secrets.