Banking With Warhol and the Jews

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Two Jews of the twentieth century: Einstein and Meir.

The Warholidays we previously noted didn't stop with Christmas, or with Barneys: The lobby of the Park Avenue Bank, at 350 Park, is now home to ten Andy Warhol paintings, as AM New York reports today. Normally, combining a business with an art gallery is the province of ex-hippie real-estate agents, but the bank is actually drawing kudos for the inventive use of its lobby space. (Since you don't have to be a customer to get in, it's also providing a free public service, of sorts.) The improvised gallery works, we think, for several reasons. First, if you're going to stage an art exhibit in a Park Avenue bank, you could do much worse than Andy Warhol, the one dead painter who would have probably been tickled pink about it if he were alive. And second, if you're going to stage an Andy Warhol exhibit in a Park Avenue bank, you could do much worse than displaying "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century."

Warhol Silkscreens on Display in Lobby of Swank Manhattan Bank [amNY]
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