Bonnie Lautenberg’s “Artistica! Where Hollywood Meets Art History,” is published by C Parker Gallery

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Elvis meets Paul Newman. Unsuspecting beachgoers in “Jaws” bleed to death in a mess of Technicolor de Kooning doodles. Danny and Sandy dance on a dance floor; not gym linoleum, but a pink-striped Helen Frankenthaler painting. These unlikely duos can only mean one thing. Esteemed artist and friend of the gallery, Bonnie Lautenberg, is coming to Greenwich.

Lautenberg’s innovative photo collection “Artistic! Where Hollywood meets art history” brings together two ever-dominant but distinct cultural forces: the austere, high-profile world of fine art and Hollywood’s whirlwind.

Art lovers who are unable to come to Miami Art Week 2022 during Art Basel this year have a special opportunity to meet Bonnie and view her unique collection on October 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the C. Parker Gallery in to see Greenwich.

Lautenberg’s exhibition “Artistica! Where Hollywood Meets Art History’ is coming to Greenwich after showing at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The exhibition can be seen from October 13th to November 6th. Click here to view their work and register for the opening reception.

Lautenberg is an artist, photographer and author based in New York and Palm Beach. Over the past 30 years, her work has been featured in numerous museums, gallery exhibitions, and arts festivals across the United States. Lautenberg has permanently installed artworks in eight museum collections, the New York Historical Society’s Center for the Study of American Culture, and in 2022 Lautenberg was appointed by the White House to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts (PACA).

Her compositions combine famous films and artworks from the same year, capturing a year’s creative landscape and creating an invaluable time capsule for a specific cultural moment.

Artistic! came about when I wanted to do something conceptual and something different, so I started thinking about what artists are influenced by – current events, things that surround them, and other art forms came to mind,” Lautengerb said in a publication. “I started thinking about art forms and focused on films and painting.”

“I love the curiosity and thought process that went into creating this collection. What influences us? Are artists inspired and influenced by other artists? Bonnie’s project captures moments in history. A movie-inspired painter? A still from a movie perfectly expressed in a timeless work of art from the same year. Bonnie’s iconic combinations and creative process are brilliant! Viewers are not only treated to a visual treat; They are drawn into a deeper cerebral engagement as they contemplate the connection. The plays are entertaining and thought-provoking. We are so honored to have Bonnie and to present her Artistica! Collection,” said Tiffany Benincasa, director of the C. Parker Gallery, in the press release.

Bonnie Lautenberg is a respected artist, producer, writer and photographer with numerous projects currently brimming at the national level. With her partner Steve Leber, Lautenberg is producing a new Broadway musical about the life of Andy Warhol, which has been approved by the Warhol Foundation. The new musical, which is due to debut in London next year before coming to the US, is being directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, with a book by Rupert Holmes. She is the widow of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, one of Washington’s longest-serving Senators (from 1982 to 2001, then again from 2003 until his death in 2013).

She has been described as having “enough inside stories from Washington to fill a book” (her new book will be published by Rutgers University Press next year, about the life of her late husband Senator Frank Lautenberg, including her photography). In 2022, Lautenberg was appointed by the White House to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts (PACA), which supports and directs the Kennedy Center, the United States’ national cultural center. Lautenberg’s work is in several private and museum collections, including the permanent collections of: The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture; the Boca Raton Museum of Art; the collection of Norman and Irma Braman; Museum of the New York Historical Society; the Broad Museum in Los Angeles; The Newark Museum of Art; Portland Art Museum; and the Stillman College Art Gallery in Alabama, among others. your series How They Changed Our Lives: Senators As Working People, is permanently online at the Library of Congress and has been exhibited at the Mana Contemporary in New Jersey. To view all collections BonnieLautenberg.com

C. Parker Gallery is a full service art gallery and consultancy celebrating its tenth anniversary in Greenwich. Owner Tiffany Benincasa founded the gallery with a mission to connect homeowners, art lovers and collectors with art and artists.

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