Occupying the entire ninth floor of LKF Tower, Carbone’s extensive dining room is the perfect space in which to display an eclectic exhibition of New York’s finest contemporary artworks. Curated by renowned art collector and dealer Vito Schnabel, the regularly updated wall hangings compliment Carbone’s decadent interiors and sophisticated clientele.
The rotating display features prominent works such as Grear Patterson’s Desert Storm (2015) – an arrangement of three oil-treated canvases that resemble a military tank. One of a series of three-sectioned works created by Patterson, the piece is a timely political commentary that is simultaneously thought provoking and humbling.
Ashtray (2012) by Jesse James
Ashtray (2012) by Jesse James hangs in the main dining room. An inexhaustible painter, Edwards composes his works using oils on stretched linen and employs techniques such as underpainting and extensive glazing to emulate the style of the old masters, particularly Claude Monet. His subjects however, are undeniably modern and often celebrate inflammatory themes as is the case with this piece which features an ashtray overflowing with cigarette butts. The piece is provocative, hinting at addiction and abuse.
Desert Storm (2015) by Grear Patterson
Other featured artists include Andy Warhol protégés Rene Ricard, Julian Schnabel (Vito’s father) and Terence Koh. A total of 23 works are on display, including five pieces from the Bruce High Quality Foundation. Each and every piece contrasts stunningly with the mid-century inspired walls of the space and the juxtaposition of the eras transforms the entire space into a virtual work of art.
Carbone’s extensive dining room boasts rich interiors and tables kept far enough apart that business can be conducted properly.
Carbone guests are invited to enjoy the artworks alongside generous portions of New York-Italian cooking for lunch and dinner. Bold flavours and impressive tableside presentations have won the hearts of Hong Kongers since the restaurant’s arrival in Central last summer, whilst Carbone’s signature soundtrack of carefully selected mid-century classics ensures that the prolific messaging of Schnabel’s display is both unexpected and captivating.