I was one of the artists directly affected by the World Trade Center attack. My studio was on the 91st floor of Tower One. The program was sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Councils' Studioscape.
This year’s topics included ancient historical sites and the subject of death. The poetry and art seemed to be yearning for connections rooted in the past. Death has always been a tiptoe subject, but the poets and artists confronted this theme as well. Amazing, really, how civilizations survived despite ongoing wars, plagues, diseases, political turmoil, and other cataclysmic events.
The Gift, 2016. Mixed Media on Canvas. 66 x 52 inches.
"The exhibition includes the New York many people think of first - New York City - with Karin Batten's Ellis Island, a painting from an artist with a fascinating back-story, and a depiction of sites that are most emblematic of the United States' history of welcoming immigrants who have helped our country keep working toward forming a more perfect union".
Ambassador Lisa J. Peterson
Established in 1963, the U.S. Department of State's Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) plays a vital role in our nation's public diplomacy through a culturally expansive mission, creating temporary and perma...
The artists in this diverse group share a lineage to 1990’s Switzerland with their connection to the artist Fred Engelbert-Knecht who ran Galerie A-16 in Zürich. Karin Batten, Eugen Meier and Josette Urso had solo exhibitions at Galerie A-16 and Ralph Raphael Fleming joins the extended family via Al Loving. Each artist also shares unique impressions from their immediate urban environment. Working with abstraction and representation, these ar...