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Two of NYC’s Most Influential Artists Awaken Dumbo’s Senses.

Posted on by Jerry T


November 6th, at the hot spot multimedia art caberet and performance venue, Le Poisson Rouge, Revive Da Live presented the debut of the Flagship Series sparked new audiences to the progression of jazz and hip-hop.

The show brought together some of the best in authentic hip-hop and also featured some heavy-hitting breakthrough jazz talent who are still under the radar to much of the mainstream.

In addition to the musical artists who were showcased, the work of another emerging (visual) artist by the name of Vanessa Chakour was featured at this performance.

Behind the performers hung an amazing Vanessa Chakour piece called “Happier Than the Morning Sun.” The painting was a big hit with the crowd and complimented the overarching theme of change and progression.

Vanessa is showcasing her work along with another modern conceptional artist by the name of Robin Kahn. Robin’s work makes a statement through her unconventional style and perspective.

Currently Vanessa has several pieces up at the Ambrosia Art Gallery which is in New Rochelle. This past Friday, Ambrosia added a few new pieces, which will be up until December 1st.

In Dumbo Brookly, from December 4-7th… Vanessa will be teaming up with Robin Kahn to showcase recent and past work.

Please read the story for the details as well as pics.

Coinciding with the First Thursdays of Open Galleries in DUMBO
Vanessa Chakour and Robin Kahn present
Open Studio: A Survey of Recent and Past Work.

135 Plymouth St, Bell 34 right next to the Manhattan Bridge
The Exhibition runs from Thursday through Sunday, December 4th-7th.
Thurs and Fri: 5:30-8:30
Sat and Sun: 12-5

Jaleel Shaw in front of Vanessa Chakour’s work, “Happier Than the Morning Sun”



Vanessa Chakour
is a visual artist whose work deftly combines her experiences in the realm of music, activism and professional boxing. In addition to making politically charged portraits of historic icons, she creates kinetic drawings that function as culturally aware streams of consciousness. She has recently been acting Director and consultant for ‘The Stop the Violence Movement’ revitalized by Hip Hop activist/philosopher, KRS-ONE and is an Athlete ambassador with ‘Right To Play,’ a global organization of that uses sport for development and peace. She recently spoke at the United Nations Youth Assembly on their behalf. Chakour is represented by Agora Fine Art Gallery in Chelsea, New York City and is planning a series of unconventional exhibitions and art events in the months to come.

Conceptual artist Robin Kahn is a New York based artist whose work examines issues surrounding gender conditioning as it is reinforced in various strains of popular culture. Her work has been exhibited since 1989 throughout the US and abroad and is currently in the collections of MOMA, The Whitney Museum and The Smithsonian Institute. In addition to producing fine art for exhibitions, she curates radical exhibitions, creates artists books and organizes public art projects that explore strategies for breaking down the traditional parameters of art making, art viewing, art owning and information sharing. Her exhibitions, art anthologies and artist books have been reviewed in ArtForum, ID, The New York Times, The Print Collector’s Newsletter, Elle, Vogue, and Vanity Fair among others.

Chakour and Kahn are both dedicated to creating original projects that open up new venues of communication between artists and their audience.

“Happier Than the Morning Sun” (mixed media on original canvas giclee print) Vanessa Chakour

“SpiritFire” (mixed media on paper) Vanessa Chakour

“Balding Superhero” (embroidery on fabric) Robin Kahn

“A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste” (ceramic vases) Robin Kahn


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