Anthony Haden-Guest Curates A Two-Artist Show At The Roger Smith Hotel

The Roger Smith Hotel is pleased to present a selection of works by Peggy Cyphers and Ford Crull in Lily’s Bar and Exhibition Space.

Both artist’s careers emerged from a notable moment of creative energy in East Village during the early 80’s. To explain the relationship between the work of Cyphers and Crull, Curator Anthony Haden Guest has suggests, “These beginnings may perhaps explain why the work of these two artists, while wholly unalike, pulse with a shared energy. Peggy Cyphers and Ford Crull do not make stuff to a quota. These two artists put what they’ve got into every single piece and each piece is animated by that.”

On curating this show at The Roger Smith, in a space that is not a white cube, but a functioning public area that includes art program, Haden-Guest notes, “All in all, Cypher and Crull are clearly an excellent fit with the Roger Smith’s  solid, long-time art program”.


Peggy Cyphers
Geological Icon, 2013-14
Acrylic, silkscreen and gold leaf on canvas
24” x 18″

Peggy Cyphers is a painter, professor of art and art writer, who has shown her work in the U.S. and Europe since 1984. . Selected one person exhibitions include New York Academy of Sciences, Rhode Island College, William Patterson College, Galerie Asbeck (Copenhagen), and Kleinert James Art Center (Woodstock,NY). Recent grants and honors for her painting include the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant (2012), and Pratt Institute Faculty Fund Award (2011,2001). Cyphers has been a resident artist at International Studio Program NYC, ArtOmi, Yaddo, Triangle Artists Workshop and the Clocktower/P.S.1. Peggy Cyphers is a tenured Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute.

Ford Crull Third Stone, 2013 Oil, oil stick on canvas 22” x 18”
Ford Crull
Third Stone, 2013
Oil, oil stick on canvas
22” x 18”

Ford Crull was raised in Seattle, where he graduated from the University of Washington. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan

Museum of Art, the National Gallery, Dayton Art Institute, and the Brooklyn Museum. His paintings were included in the important 1989 Moscow exhibition, “Painting After the Death of Painting,” curated by Donald Kuspit. Recent  exhibitions have included shows in London, Milan, Italy, amd Seattle.

Anthony Haden-Guest is a writer, reporter, cartoonist and sporadic performer, Way back he got a New York Emmy for writing and narrating a documentary about a Eurotrash in New York and is still waiting for that phone call from Big TV. He was born in Paris, grew up in London, lives in New York.  He has covered war, crime and the orders and disorders of the Celebrity Culture, but now focuses on the art world. His books include True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World and The Last Party, a book about New York’s nightlife in the years when it had one. He has published two books of cartoons and dark light verse, The Chronicles of Now and In The Mean Time and his lyrics have just morphed into folk noir on Rudely Interrupted, an album he made with Lorraine Leckie, which he urges you to get.

The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 20 years the owners and staff have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests, with New York and places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues.

Peggy Cyphers and Ford Crull
Curated by Anthony Haden-Guest
Lily’s at The Roger Smith Hotel
February 10 – May 15, 2014

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