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April 24, 2016 Back To News

Bach and Abstraction: A Cello Recital at Marc Straus Gallery

An afternoon Bach recital by Cellist Justin Kantor, performed amidst Anna Leonhardt’s paintings at Marc Straus Gallery
Sunday, May 1st, 3pm


MARC STRAUS is proud to present a Bach cello recital by cellist Justin Kantor of (Le) Poisson Rouge on Sunday, May 1st at 3 p.m. amidst the abstract paintings of German artist Anna Leonhardt. The 45-min performance will take place at the gallery and is free and open to the public. Seats must be RSVP.

Justin Kantor is the co-founder of (Le) Poisson Rouge (LPR), a music venue and multimedia art cabaret established in 2008 in New York’s Greenwich Village. Kantor, who is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, founded LPR to foster the fusion of popular and arts cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art. The stated mission is “to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry; to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences.” As well as being an active partner in LPR he is a performing cellist who has performed with the Wordless Music Orchestra, the Glenn Branca Ensemble, Karen O, and Ensemble LPR.


The performance will take place on the spacious second floor gallery at MARC STRAUS on 299 Grand Street, Lower East Side in New York, where the exhibition of abstract paintings by German artist Anna Leonhardt is currently on view. With a thoughtful and intellectual approach to the cello and dazzling virtuosity, Kantor will be performing Bach’s compelling Cello Suites on May 1st, capturing the master’s genius and Leonhardt’s moving visual forms.

For her first exhibition in New York, Anna Leonhardt created a new body of works during her two months residency with the gallery. Leonhardt’s paintings are luminous and full of vitality, suggesting things or even places: in this case Eldridge Street where the studio is located. Each painting is an expression of the colors, sights, sounds she experienced in the new city, ultimately, they celebrate the beauty of life.

Anna Leonhardt (b. 1981) graduated from the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, a school renowned for its academia, and has shown in both numerous exhibits in Dresden, Berlin and Leipzig. Her work is in numerous important private and public collections including Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kunstsammlung des Sächsischen Landtages, art collection of the Saxon Parliament and Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden.

MARC STRAUS, located at 299 Grand Street, is a contemporary art gallery that opened in 2011. The gallery specializes in discovering and fostering some of the best new international art talent, representing 16 artists from 10 countries most of whom are established but have not shown in the US before. The mission of discovering new artists and re-discovering recognized talent has established MARC STRAUS as one of New York’s leading contemporary art galleries. The gallery continues to extend its program to a wider audience by regularly participating in fairs and biennials in the US as well as Europe and Asia.

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