Carlton Arms Art Project started in the early 80's when manager
Ed Ryan set out to break the cycle of years of despair and neglect
in The Carlton Arms Hotel, at the time a depressing and dark welfare
hotel. As rooms were vacated, they were no longer re-rented to welfare
tenants, but instead were scrubbed, repaired and repainted.
began to pass through the hotel and as jobs opened up, Ryan, invited
several of them to work at the front desk. In 1983 artist and front
desk clerk Gil Dominguez painted a series of murals on the five-flight
staircase. Later that year, he and fellow worker and artist Colette
Jennings began paintings murals on small panels within several rooms.
In 1984 Brian Damage, a renowned downtown artist, began painting "The
submarine room" and with this, the idea for a complete artist's
transformation of the rooms started.
art seemed a physical manifestation of the positive transformations
possible within the old building. The project definitively settled
in the years that followed with the participation of dozen of artists
from all over the world who gradually transformed the place into
what is called today The Artbreak Hotel, New York City's art hotel.
With every room and every inch of space covered, it is a vibrant
permanent exhibition of art.
window in New York for artists from around the world" (Sunday Times)
live-in museum" (People Magazine)
who participated in the project:
Adelson, Christian Ashman , Banksy, J. Baron, Sabine Benninger, Dan
Bern, Jim Bilgere, Tom Billings, Elodie Boutry, Andre Bowen, T.J.
Byrne, Stevens Carter, Anibal Ciccardi, Andre Charles, Cern, Josy
Cobb, Elisha Cook Jr., Nathalie Daoust, Philippa Dawkins, Elisa Decker,
Jennifer Sands Deane, Clara De Jesus, Julie Dermansky, Gerarddiaz,
Rodney Dickson, Irene Dogmatic, Gil Dominguez, Brian Dowdall, Noelle
Elia, Claire Favretto, Doug Ford, Bettino Francini , Teal Fraser,
Garance, Kath Green, Bruno Hadjadj , Richard Hambleton, Olivia Hamlyn,
Christina Back, Demian Henriques, Sam Henriques, Brigitte Henry, Ty
Inwood, Jonah Kamphorst, Billi Kid, Julius Klein, Christine Koenig,
Robert Lewis, Jeff Kolasinski, Dominique Lagneaux, Raken Leaves, Danielle
Lesniewski, Leslie Lowe, Jackie Levitt, Julia Lisowski, Andi Luzi,
Diana Manni, Gabriele Undine Meyer, Venus de Mars, Gus Murphy, Jim
and Karla Murray, Issa Nyaphaga, Jason Roberson, Michael Roller, Rachel
Rowberry, Jack Ryan, Anna Schmidt, Matthew Septimus, Robert Seven,
Paco Simon, Darek Solarski, Dan Stuart, Miriam Tobias, Mike Tyler,
Toye, Josette Urso, Jean Michel Verret, Cara Vida, H. Walters, Andre
Van Der Kerkhoff, Diza Hope, Robert Hernandez, David Cooper, Ottjorg
A.C, Jeffrey Schweitzer, Onek, Matt Saunders, Magnus Irvin, James
Zirco Fisher, Kid Lew, Bobby MaGee Lopez with the Manhattan Mural