Piano As Art to Open Amid Scores of Gorgeous Pianos at Faust Harrison Pianos

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Faust Harrison Pianos, leading piano restorer in the nation, to show Piano As Art, work made out of piano parts by artists Penny Putnam and Shauna Holiman. Opening May 10th at Faust Harrison Pianos' midtown showroom and gallery.

"Fascinating for anyone interested in the piano, music or art." John Rockwell, Former Arts Critic, New York Times.

Piano As Art, a three-way collaborative art exhibition between 2 Connecticut-based artists (Penny Putnam and Shauna Holiman) and Faust Harrison Pianos, the leading restorer of high-end pianos in the nation, will open at the Faust Harrison Pianos showroom and Gallery, 207 West 58th Street, Manhattan, on March 10th. The show will have traveled to New York City after runs at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Ct and Faust Harrison Pianos in White Plains, NY.

The art is inspired by piano parts and in many cases composed of the parts themselves (antique ivories, hammers, oddly shaped inner mechanicals and bits of casework). It is, except for the earliest pieces, totally collaborative: the artists conceived of and executed each one together, combined their artistry with other skills honed earlier in life (graphic design, music and business) to create a distinctive and surprising vision of collaboration and abandoning any notion of individual authorship. The artists’ relationship with Faust Harrison represents a new and entirely positive model for collaboration and community building between artists and business.

This is a new venture for Faust Harrison, which is in a period of major expansion, having recently opened a major new showroom and factory in White Plains and a smaller showroom on Long Island. Sara Faust, President of Faust Harrison Pianos said, "This is a spectacular exhibition. Piano As Art is truly transformative post-modern art. Without a trace of cynicism, it is alternately beautiful, thought provoking, rhythmic and musical, often moving and, in several cases, quite playful and funny. Even after 30 years in the piano business, this art has changed forever the way my staff and I view the piano."

Several pieces are made out of reclaimed ivory from old piano keys. (One piece, Elegy, contains 1,640 pieces.) Considering the material’s origins and the music made upon it by countless pianists most of whom are now long dead, it is both poignant and priceless and is now living a third life as art.

Opening reception: May 10, 2012, 6-8 PM.
Show runs until October 27, 2012.

Faust Harrison Pianos
207 West 58th Street, Ground Floor (between 7th Ave and B’way)
New York, New York 10019

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