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Tony Bennett & More Donate Works to 2014 TFF Artists Awards Program

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Tony Bennett & More Donate Works to 2014 TFF Artists Awards Program
Tony Bennett: Central Park, NY, 2009, Watercolor, 20 x 24 inches

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced the participants of this year's Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards Program, sponsored by CHANEL. Eight contemporary artists, including Tim Barber, Tony Bennett, Stephen Hannock, Matthew Modine, Catherine Murphy, James Nares, Alexis Rockman, and Clifford Ross will continue TFF's unique tradition of artists supporting one another with the donation of their artwork, which will be presented to the filmmakers whose films are selected by the TFF jury as winners in their respective categories. The Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards Program was created by TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal to celebrate New York artists.

The work will be exhibited free and open to the public during the Tribeca Film Festival from April 16 - 27, between the hours of 10am- 10pm, at the New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street, Manhattan. New Yorkers and festival-goers alike will be able to view the works before they are taken home by the award-winning filmmakers.

"Each year we look forward to honoring our winning filmmakers with special awards from some of the art world's most exciting creators," said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder, TFF. "We are so pleased to have this esteemed group of artists participate in this Tribeca tradition."

Following is a complete list of the artwork that will be contributed:

Tim Barber: Untitled (Ali's vein), 2013, C-print, edition : AP, 16 x 20 inches
Tony Bennett: Central Park, NY, 2009, Watercolor, 20 x 24 inches
Stephen Hannock: The Ballad of the Great Eastern, 2014, Woodcut print on paper, 19 x 15.75 inches
Matthew Modine: Stanley Kubrick, Director's Chair, Photo, Camera: Rolleiflex TLR Medium Format 2 1/4" x 2 1/4, 36 x 36 inches
· Catherine Murphy, Still Life with View of Hoboken and Manhattan, 1975, 12-7/8 x 16-3/8", lithograph, edition of 75
James Nares: Untitled, 2010, Iridescent pigment and wax on paper, 2010, 60 x 44 inches
Alexis Rockman: Iguaca, 2011, Lithograph, Ink and Soil from Iguaca Falls, Puerto Rico, on paper; Paper: ragcote; Edition: 50, 30 x 22 inches
Clifford Ross: Water XIX, 1998, Silver gelatin print, 28 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches

About the Artists

· Tim Barber grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, lived in the mountains of Northern Vermont for a few years, studied photography in Vancouver B.C., and now lives in New York City. A photographer, curator, and designer, Barber runs the creative community website, time-and-space.tv, (formerly known as tinyvices.com).

· Tony Bennett: No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. In the last ten years alone, in the sixth decade of his career, he has sold ten million albums. Bennett has received 17 Grammy awards, is a Kennedy Center Honoree and an NEA Jazz Master. Tony Bennett is a dedicated painter whose interest in art began as a child. He continues to paint every day, even as he tours internationally. He has exhibited his work in galleries around the world. Three of his paintings are part of the Smithsonian Museum's permanent collections, including his portrait of his friend Duke Ellington, which became part of the National Portrait Gallery's collection in 2009. Bennett founded Exploring the Arts to support arts education in public high schools.

· Stephen Hannock is an American Luminist painter known for his atmospheric nocturnes, which often incorporate text inscriptions that relate to family, friends, or the events of daily life. He has demonstrated a unique appreciation for contemporary storytelling through the painting medium. His inventive machine polishing of the surfaces of his paintings gives a characteristic luminous quality to his work. His design of visual effects for the 1998 film, What Dreams May Come, garnered him an Academy Award®. His works appear in collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC., and the Yale University Art Gallery. Hannock recently received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Bowdoin College.

· Matthew Modine has worked with many of the film industry's most acclaimed directors including Christopher Nolan, Oliver Stone, Sir Alan Parker, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Abel Ferrara, Jonathan Demme, and John Sayles to name but a few. Among his acting awards are the Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award, and two Golden Lion Awards from the Venice Film Festival. In addition to acting, Matthew has also been writing and directing films for over two decades and recently developed two immersive, interactive, award-winning apps. As a photographer, Modine began shooting on the set of Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. His iconic images have appeared in the highly acclaimed, award-winning Full Metal Jacket Diary. His photography has been exhibited in museums and prestigious venues the world over, including the Rome Film Festival and the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition.

· Catherine Murphy's recent paintings and drawings show a profound interest in depicting common surroundings that usually escape our notice, but nevertheless influence our perception. Recreating images from her memory and dreams, rather than photographs, she stages the objects that then become the subject matter for her work. She studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and received a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1967. Murphy has also been awarded with National Endowment for the Arts Grants (1979 and 1989), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1982), and membership to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (2002). She was a Senior Critic at Yale University Graduate School of Art for 22 years and currently holds the Tepper Family Endowed Chair in Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers. Works by Murphy are in important private and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MoMA, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Ms. Murphy is the distinguished recipient of the 2014 Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize for her achievements in Painting.

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